From 23 July to 23 September 2018, over one hundred bees are waiting to be discovered on this free, family-fun trail - taking in the city’s landmarks and undiscovered gems. Each bee has been designed by a different artist and celebrates the unique buzz of Manchester, from its industrial heritage to its vibrant music scene.
The concept takes influence from the three main elements of absence, reflection and vision – together forming the overall narrative of the design:
The absence of the bee leads us to the declining quality of our world; and a missing link in the chain of our existence. This is demonstrated in a physical form as the black silhouette of the bee sculpture. Within the chrome eyes of the bee, you see a reflection of yourself, because… you are Manchester. A view of the world from a bee’s perspective comes in the form of blue hues and ultraviolet. Processing colours and light into the blue spectrum gives us an insight into the world through their eyes, and allows us to understand their vision.
Whitecroft Lighting worked on incorporating an RGBW Lighting solution to the hexagon designs; fitting multiple LEDs and drivers inside the base and micro lenses for a more intense illuminated effect. The lit element allows the otherwise inconspicuous silhouette of The BeeHolder to be seen – bringing an additional layer of interest during the evenings. Air Control allows the control of the lighting to be realised; where colour cycles track across the tessellations for a visually captivating experience.
Meet The BeeHolder, number 58 on the trail, at James Grigor’s Square, First Street, Manchester.
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