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Artists Invited to Paint 6’ Fiberglass Bees


The Greater New Britain Arts Alliance (GNBAA) just placed an order for 21 6’ tall fiberglass bees, forwarding its “Bees Across New Britain” project in conjunction with the City of New Britain.

Bees Across New Britain is a project similar to the Cow Parade done in West Hartford.

In 2008 West Hartford began the Cow Parade with life size cows scattered throughout their town. In 2017 New Britain began a similar venture with 6 foot Bees and hopes to have them done for this year.

The next step is getting proposals from artists to paint the creatures. The Call to Artists has just gone out. Proposals will be submitted to the GNBAA and vetted by a Bees Across New Britain Committee. According to Stephen Hard, GNBAA Executive Director and Bees Project Manager, “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.”

While the artists will be at liberty to develop their ideas for the bees, the plan is for them to be inspired in their designs by the activities of the sponsors. The New Britain Bees Baseball team is on board, of course, as is the Tomasso Group. Among the more intriguing possibilities are what artists may devise for Martin Rosol’s, Connecticut Carpentry Group, Hammer “N” Nails, MicroCare Corporation, TOMZ Corporation or Perkins Travel. Also joining in the fun are the American Savings Foundation, both New Britain Hospitals, Central Connecticut State University, Klingberg Family Centers, Community Mental Health Affiliates, and Jerome Home and Arbor Rose. Downtown is well represented by the Mayor’s Trophy Charitable Fund administered by the American Savings Foundation, 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 to be delivered to a space at Viking Kitchen Cabinets on John Street in New Britain. 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 full information at by clicking on the image of the maquette, or by contacting Stephen Hard, the Project Manger, at 860-832-8299 or

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