Flora, fauna, bees and the fabric of Manchester's city coat of arms will buzz through huge, birdsong-soundtracked sculptures in a series of commissions for Dig the City, the urban greening festival in Manchester this August.
Dance of the Honey Bee honours the crest of Manchester, which incorporated seven bees when it was created in 1842. The concept belongs to American artist Jason Hackenwerth, who visited the vast botany and entomology collection at the Museum of Science and Industry while formulating his latest additions to a portfolio which has taken in the V&A, the Venice Biennale and the Guggenheim in his home city of New York.
“When I visited Manchester I soaked up so many ideas,” says the artist, known for his latex sculptures.
“Dance of The Honey Bee will interpret the complex and beautiful organisms that make up the living world and fill our lives with wonder.
“My work for Dig the City is going to reflect the magnificence of the Manchester collection and of nature's wonders."
Vibrant warm yellow, bright green colour gradients, blush pinks and oranges will provide Hackenwerth’s palette, with a second set of sculptures created during the first week of the festival, replacing the old ones when they are released to roam the festival grounds.
A pop-up park, workshops with broadcaster Monty Don, a fine food market, plant swaps and a version of the National Trust’s adventure for children, 50 Things to do Before you’re 11 ¾, are also planned during the nine-day, multi-venue programme.
- Dig the City runs August 3-11 2013. Visit digthecity.co.uk for more. Follow the festival on Twitter @digthecitymcr.