SJ8398 : The Yellow Bee (or not)

taken 4 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

The Yellow Bee (or not)
The Yellow Bee (or not)
Located in Exchange Square this Bee was created by and sponsored by Selfridges.

The labels on the base read:

"Spray-painted in Selfridges bold Pantone 109 (otherwise known as 'iconic Selfridges yellow'), this Bee is inspired by their signature hue and the high-intensity glossy finish of ceramics. Reflecting the buzz of the Selfridges Exchange Square store and the city itself, The Yellow Bee symbolises their commitment to a brighter, more sustainable future."

"Founded by American entrepreneur Harry Gordon Selfridge in 1909, Selfridges is widely regarded as the first and best example of a modern department store. In 2003 W. Galen Weston purchased the brand and under his ownership Selfridges has become a global destination for fashion, luxury brands and retail theatre. Selfridges Exchange Square opened in Manchester city centre in 2002."

Clearly this is not The Yellow Bee - see LinkExternal link I can only presume the bee had been damaged and been replaced by this temporary bee which has the words "Bee Back Soon" on it.
Bee in the City

The city’s worker bee motif has been part of the city’s heraldry for more than 150 years as an emblem of the industrious Mancunian spirit. During 2017, it took on an even more powerful meaning as a symbol of unity following the tragic events of May 22 LinkExternal link .

Bee in the City was a large scale public art event which took place in Manchester between 23 July and 23 September 2018. More than 100 large, fibreglass bee sculptures were placed at the city’s landmarks and some lesser known “undiscovered gems”. Each of the bees, which stand 1˝ metres in height, was decorated with its own unique design, created by regional professional, emerging and amateur artists to celebrate the unique buzz of Manchester, from its industrial heritage to its vibrant music scene (LinkExternal link Bee in the City website).

At the end of the event, the majority (77) of the bees were auctioned to raise funds for the We Love MCR Charity LinkExternal link . All 131 little Bees created by children and young people as part of the Learning Programme were returned to the schools and youth groups that designed them.

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Date Taken
Friday, 21 September, 2018   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 23 January, 2019
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre  People, Events 
Person (from Tags)
Harry Gordon Selfridge  W Galen Weston 
Date (from Tags)
1909  2003  2002 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8393 9862 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:29.0429N 2:14.6181W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8394 9863
View Direction
South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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Selfridges  Exchange Square  Bee in the City  Bee Sculpture 

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