Bees Across New Britain: Bees on order, artists sought

Published on Sunday, 6 May 2018 21:38
Written by Skyler Frazer


NEW BRITAIN – With an order placed for 21 6-foot-tall Fiberglas bees, the Greater New Britain Arts Alliance is looking for artists to bring the city’s Bees Across New Britain project to life.

The city and the GNBAA announced the project, which will decorate city streets with the 6-foot sculptures, in May 2017.

Since then, businesses have sponsored their own bees with financial contributions. These contributions have allowed organizers to put out a call for proposals from artists who wish to paint and design the bees.

“I was not willing to do this project unless we could properly compensate the artists for their work. We now have the funds to do that, thanks to our generous sponsors,” said Stephen Hard, GNBAA executive director and the project’s manager.

While the artists will be at liberty to develop their own ideas for the bees, the plan is for them to be inspired in their designs by the activities of the sponsors.

These sponsors include; the New Britain Bees; Tomasso Group; Martin Rosol’s; Connecticut Carpentry Group; Hammer “N” Nails; MicroCare Corporation; TOMZ Corporation; Perkins Travel; the American Savings Foundation; The Hospital of Central Connecticut; the Hospital for Special Care; Central Connecticut State University; Klingberg Family Centers; Community Mental Health Affiliates; Jerome Home and Arbor Rose; the Mayor’s Trophy Charitable Fund; the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain; the New Britain Downtown District; the Consolidated School District of New Britain; and the New Britain Police Department.

Because of the size of the sculptures, they will be delivered to a space at Viking Kitchen Cabinets, 33 John St.

Viking has offered to host “The Hive,” where artists will have the room to work on their bees.

Artists interested in the project can find more information at by clicking on the image of the bee model, or by contacting Hard at 860-818-1112 or

The GNBAA is not looking for fully developed designs at this time, but will select artists based on their previous work and their fit for the project. The deadline to submit a proposal is May 15.

Skyler Frazer can be reached at 860-801-5087 or by email at

Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain on Sunday, 6 May 2018 21:38. Updated: Sunday, 6 May 2018 21:40.