TWO giant worker bee sculptures have landed at Heaton Park as part of a celebration of Manchester's culture, heritage and beauty.

The uniquely decorated sculptures are two of over 100 sculptures at locations around the city, highlighting landmarks and cultural icons, and forming a free family-friendly way to explore.

Created by professional, emerging and community artists, and organised by global public art producer Wild in Art in partnership with Manchester City Council, the Bee in the City trail runs from July 23 to September 23.

Sally-Ann Wilkinson, director of Wild in Art, said: “Bee in the City is a celebration of Manchester’s diversity, creativity and culture. Each individual Bee represents our fantastic city’s many achievements, from its legendary music scene to scientific discoveries and industrial heritage."

The first of the Heaton Park Bees titled Miss bEATon from Heaton Park, located by the lake, was designed by RP Roberts and is inspired by the food focussed social enterprise Eat Pennines.

The second titled Flora, located outside the Dower House, was designed by prize-winning artist and Manchester Academy of Fine Arts member Peter Davis.

Sponsored by Manchester and District Beekeepers Association and the Parklife Community Fund the sculpture features brightly coloured flowers fruit and bee's being attracted to pollen.

Flora also has a smaller sister bee Fauna inside the Dower House, joined by the Bee Healthy little bees designed by St John Bosco RC Primary School to promote Unicef's Rights of the Child.

Ms Wilkinson said: "Manchester is such a unique city in many ways, and one of those is its ability to bring people together.

"Different sectors have collaborated to create this fabulous event, including the public and private sectors, schools and community groups. As well as a celebration of creativity, the trail is also a celebration of unity."

Alongside Heaton Park Bee in the City sculptures can also be found in locations including Albert Square, Piccadilly Gardens, Spinningfields and the Northern Quarter.

The diverse designs include sculptures created in partnership with Liam Gallagher, celebrating the legendary Hacienda nightclub, honouring Coronation Street favourites, and paying tribute to Manchester's football clubs.

There are also bees signed by The Rolling Stones, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift, saluting Pablo Picasso's art, and the Love bee extolling the feeling stand out Manchester designer and illustrator Caroline Dowsett has for the city.

Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member Schools, Culture and Leisure at Manchester City Council, said: “The Council is delighted to support Bee in the City and would like to congratulate everyone who has taken part and contributed to this extraordinary event. Manchester is known the world over for its innovation and creativity and it’s great to see this in action through Bee in the City."