Steam-Powered Bee

The Details

Name: Steam-Powered Bee

Location: Castle Street, Castlefield

Designed and decorated by: Karis Viola Lambert.

Sponsor: Biffa

Design Inspiration

This design shows the industrial roots of Manchester a.k.a. ‘Cottonopolis’ and explores similarities between worker bees and Manchester citizens – both being hard -working, productive and community-orientated. Parts of Manchester’s historic steam engines and cotton spinning machines are featured – inspired by the Museum of Science and Industry’s Textiles Gallery and Power Hall, along with Steam punk art.

Biffa is a leading UK integrated waste management firm which is responsible for keeping the streets of Manchester clean and tidy, as well as collecting waste and recyclables from 609,000 households across the city each week. It also has the very important job this summer of looking after these beautiful sculptures; making sure they’re in tip top condition and looking the ‘bee’s knees’.

The Artist -Karis Viola Lambert

Karis Lambert is a fine artist and illustrator born in Yorkshire and based in Stockport. She specialises in ink painting and often explores perceptions of the self through distorted, highly detailed portraiture, taking influences from glitch art, collage techniques and surrealism. She graduated from Lancaster University with a BA (Hons) Fine Art in 2015. @KarisViola

Bee in the City 2018

Bee in the City 2018