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This summer we’ve partnered with the charity Bee Friendly Trust to raise awareness of the importance of protecting urban bees. We’ve even got a colony of our own up on the rooftops at The Yards, so it’s a cause close to our hearts.

In order to celebrate these hard-working pollinators, we’ve enlisted the help of four amazing artists to create a trail of bold bee-inspired installations.

Illustrator and animator Abbey Lossing designed one of the installation pieces for The Yards & The Bees. We caught up with her to delve into what influences her art and the inspiration for her piece.

A minimalistic illustrator

Abbey Lossing is an illustrator and animator. We were drawn to her playful, colourful work depicting crowd scenes and cityscapes.

Often inspired by fashion and textiles, she loves to integrate patterns into her work. She describes her style as “flat and minimal with a focus on shape and colour.”

This simple approach is used in her The Yards & The Bees piece – a bold and colourful beehive sculpture depicting the urban ecosystem from the depths of the London Underground to the skies above the city.

Abbey Lossing
Abbey Lossing
Abbey Lossing Abbey Lossing

‘Urban Ecosystem’

The inspiration behind Abbey’s artwork came from the contrast of two worlds colliding to create one ‘Urban Ecosystem’, aiming to highlight the integral role that bees play in our city.

“I wanted to create a summer scene with the different layers of the hive representing different aspects of an urban ecosystem. I wanted to highlight the beauty in the juxtaposition between the flowers and fauna with the more geometric and industrial buildings and transit systems.”

Abbey’s process begins with rough pencil, and as with many artists, progresses to digital illustrations. We helped bring her layered illustration to life, by wrapping her drawings around a bold beehive sculpture.

Abbey Lossing beehive
Abbey Lossing beehive

Get close up for a buzzy surprise…

Abbey’s finished product is a bold and summery sculpture that really encapsulates our brief of ‘Urban Bees’.

Whether you’re down at The Yards for a spot of shopping, or enjoying the expanded summer terrace at Stanfords, listen carefully to this installation and you might even get a buzzy surprise!


You’ll find ‘Urban Ecosystem’ in Mercer Walk at The Yards.



Read more of our Meet the Maker series here – we also caught up with artists Charlie Davis, Thomas Burden and Helen Musselwhite.

Have you visited The Yards & The Bees yet?

Come down to The Yards now to discover our bee-inspired installations, explore the shops and enjoy our restaurants with extra al fresco seating to see the artwork from. Don’t forget to share all your photos with us – use #TheYardsAndTheBees to show us all your snaps!

Plus, keep your eyes peeled for more information on a series of bee-inspired workshops, coming to The Yards later this summer. All proceeds will go towards Bee Friendly Trust.

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