Muralist Matt Willey will return to downtown Hendersonville in late March or early April as the weather warms up to resume and finish the Bee Mural he began painting last fall.
Willey, on his boom lift, will return to the exterior wall of Hands On! Children’s Museum in the Azalea parking lot at Third Ave. E. and King Street, to add flowers and other pollinators to the handsome honeycomb of bees and their queen already painted. He said it will likely take a month to finish the project.
Willey, who established his company, The Good of the Hive, with a mission to paint 50,000 honey bees on walls around the world, said he has occasionally has to over-winter a mural project due to onset of cold weather.
“Sometimes I just have to stop and wait for warmer weather. I look forward to returning to complete the project in Hendersonville with flowers and other pollinators,” Willey said. “The interest in the community for this special mural has been heartwarming. So many folks and businesses have participated to make this project possible.”
A demonstration pollinator garden, planted last fall in the nearby areas of Azalea parking lot, where the work on the mural is most visible, will also come to life as the bees and spring return.
Landscape architect Tricia King of TTK Design transformed traffic islands at the site into a diverse habitat to serve as a working pollinator garden and demonstration plot…