We’re always looking to creating exciting new City designs with one particular artist style capturing our imagination.
We loved the clean lines and simplicity of an artist called Katie who we spoke to about collaborating on a unique City design.
The idea was we would bring together a piece of artwork to showcase some items that have become well known for City.
First up are the worker bees flying around their hive which have been a symbol Manchester since the Victorian times. They reflect the hard work of the City with some saying Manchester claimed the “industrious little grafter” bee to reflect the spirit of this great place.
You’ll find a bee on the Manchester coat of arms outside the town hall, as well being dotted around the City. In more recent times, the bee became a symbol of the spirit of the City after the terrible events back in 2017.
A play on the famous ‘Welcome to Manchester’ sign that appeared on a billboard just off the Mancuian Way. After Carlos Tevez signed for City from United, it seemed the perfect way to what Mark Hughes called a “bit of fun” after Fergie said “they are a small club with a small mentality”.
Next is the yellow banana sat on the home and away sign post which are still seen being passed around the crowds today. It first began in the 1980’s as an antidote to the hooliganism of the time and there are plenty of pictures of them in terraces at Maine Road.
Over the iconic bridge that crosses Alan Turing Way and links the Academy Stadium alongside the training ground to the Eithad. This bridge is meant to represent the journey the Academy players take over to the first team and give them both a visual point to focus on.
Above the stadium is the blue moon rising over Manchester, a nod to the song sung by City fans and is often seen in the skies especially after on derby day!
We decided to call the design ‘Our home’ as it was created during the pandemic when it felt like we were all yearning to return to our sacrificial home to watch City again.