New Mural In Peterborough Raises Awareness of Bees

Aug 17, 2018

Nearly 200 bees will cover this wall of Peterborough's Community Center by the end of August.
Credit Daniela Allee / NHPR

Peterborough's community center is getting a bit of a makeover—with a honey bee mural.

It's part of a local group's effort to raise awareness about the role bees play in our food systems.

Each bee Matt Willey paints is about 3 feet long. By the time he's done, there'll be 200 on this wall.

"It's amazing to me how many people I meet don't even know what a pollinator is,” he said.

That's why he wants to paint 50,000 bees around the world, and why Peterborough's New Hampshire Honey Bee Initiative brought him here all the way from North Carolina.

For Willey, these murals help people connect with bees on a more personal level.

“When I paint bees, and say, ‘Aren't they cool?’ People go, ‘I never really thought about that,’” Willey said.

But then people come back to his mural to tell him they were staring at a bee in their yard for 10 minutes.

There’ll be a concert this Saturday at the mural to celebrate bees.