A BURY teenager’s design has been brought to life in the shape of a bee sculpture.
Talia Hasid was one of the winners of a competition run by Virgin Trains for under-16s to create and take home a little Bee.
Jodie Silverman, the artist behind The Original Worker Bee sculpture that initiated Bee in the City, supervised a live painting session of it at Piccadilly Station on Monday.
People were given the opportunity to place their mark on the final Bee — the 233rd.
Each one is crafted by a different regional artist, with Talia’s design among those chosen.
Talia told the Jewish Telegraph: “I was about to get on a train to London from Piccadilly when I saw the competition advertised and thought it would be a fun thing to do while I was on the train.”
The 15-year-old, a Year 11 pupil at King David High School, based her design on the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead.
“It is about celebrating life, togetherness and remembering people,” Talia, the daughter of Cheryl and Raphael Hasid, said.
“I had never really designed anything before, I usually like drawing cartoons and things like that in my spare time.
“The sculpture looks better and way more detailed than I thought it would.”
She added: “The idea of the Manchester Bee is so wonderful, as it brings everyone together and inspires hope for people.”
Although Talia’s special addition to the colony, named Day of the Bee, will not be on the art trail closing on Sunday, it will be on view at the farewell weekend, from October 12-14, before she takes it home.
Ticket holders will be able to see the Bees at close quarters during the farewell weekend before many are auctioned off to raise funds for the Lord Mayor of Manchester’s We Love MCR charity.
Gaynor Stewart, Virgin Trains general manager for the north-west and Wales, said of Talia’s work: “Her design really stood out and it was great to see the smile on her face when she saw her Bee for the first time.
“Bee in the City is a celebration of all that is good about Manchester, so it seemed fitting that Talia’s design was brought to life with the help of so many at the station.”