The Oasis frontman created the super-sized insect – which stands at 1.8m tall – for a public art trail called Bee In The City. The worker bee is one of Manchester’s best known emblems, and following the Manchester terror attacks which took place outside Ariana Grande’s concert last year, it has been adopted by many as a symbol of hope.
The event, which will run July – September 2018 around Manchester, will feature 100 original bee designs, all painted by different artists. As well as Gallagher’s Rock N’ Roll Bee, the trail will also feature several nod to the city’s iconic Hacienda music venue. Hac ‘Bee’ Enda and 24-Hour Party Bee are two such bee designs which will appear on the trail. The artist Lesley Hamilton has also devised a design titled I Wanna ‘Bee’ Adored; a humorous look at The Stone Roses’ iconic, lemon-coloured debut artwork.
At the end of the event, all the designs will be auctioned off, with all funds raised going to We Love Manchester. The organisation works to improve the lives and life chances of people in Manchester.
Liam Gallagher is clearly fond of bees; in 2009, the rock icon lent his support to a save the honey bee campaign, telling fans ‘we’ve got to save them before they all buzz off’. As part of the campaign, Gallagher later met with a man wearing a bee costume to raise awareness of the cause.
“It’s a really worthwhile cause,” Liam told The Sun. He added: “Without them we’re in proper bother.”
The musician reportedly became aware of the plight of the bee after honey helped him cure a throat virus that forced Oasis to pull out of V Festival in 2009 immediately, before the band split in August.