The Koffee Pot cafe,Oldham Street, 22 worker bees representing the 22 people killed, in the Manc Arena bombing,by graffiti artist Russell Meeham,Qubek

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This new mural is our Manc tribute to those killed in the Manchester Arena attack. The huge image of 22 Manchester worker bees has been emblazoned on a wall on the side of the Koffee Pot building in the heart of the Northern Quarter. Each bee, pictured swarming around a honey heart, represents one of the innocent people killed in the horrific attack. It has been completed over last weekend by graffiti artist Russell Meeham , also know as ‘Qubek’. As word spread about the work of art taking shape people came past to see what he was doing. When the last bee was competed it drew a round of applause. Manchester bees mural: Amazing Mancunian tribute to the 22 victims of the terror attack MEN Bee mural being painted on the side of the Koffee Pot on Oldham Street, Manchester by artist Qubek View gallery Two days after the attack, Russ painted the old toilet block in Stevenson Square with bees and two hands joined together in a heart. It prompted the M.E.N to commission him to create the mural. Working from atop a cherry picker armed with dozens of cans of spray paint and some music, Russ spent two days creating his masterpiece. Cafe bosses have previously turned down all requests for it to be used for a mural but kindly agreed to this one. Speaking as he worked on his mammoth tribute Russ said: “It’s simple but effective, without being too morbid. Everyone will know why we’ve painted it and it’s nice to have been involved in the project. MEN Bee mural being painted on the side of the Koffee Pot on Oldham Street, Machester by artist Quebek MEN Bee mural being painted on the side of the Koffee Pot on Oldham Street, Machester by artist Quebek (Image: Manchester Evening News) “I did a piece following the bombing to put a positive message out there to represent the community in Manchester and a tribute to those who lost their lives that wasn’t too morbid. “It got people talking and, from what I saw, brightened a lot of people’s days.”
Location: 84-86 Oldham St, Manchester, North West England, UK, M4 1LE