This incredible anatomically correct artwork was part of the 2016 Newcastle-under-Lyme Britain in Bloom and is part of a series of wildlife sculptures around the town. The sculpture was created from pieces of sheet metal and the wings were 10mm steel rods, bent and welded into place.
The piece was designed by Artist, Andy Edwards and constructed by the Artworks team including Phil Brown and apprentice Liam Robinson.
The highly detailed piece took nearly 80 days to make from concept to installation. Over 270 pieces of sheet steel were cut, formed and welded into life-like features creating wings, antennae and petals. It sits at a huge 5 metres in height and the bee has a wingspan of over 3.5 metres.
The honey bee is recognised by many locals across the area and is one of the most popular pieces of artwork situated on our local roundabouts.