QR codes added to Greenfield bee sculptures

  • Bee designer Rachael Katz and Shandra Richardson, senior operations officer at Greenfield Savings Bank, check out how the new QR code (the small green square) that was just affixed to the bee sculpture works. This sculpture, entitled “Butterfly Bee,” was painted by Ashfield artist Richard Markey and is located at the corner of Main and Federal streets. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Report
Published: 8/2/2021 4:00:21 PM

GREENFIELD — QR codes have been added to each of the six bee sculptures, allowing visitors to learn more about the city’s bee history with a simple stroll.

By opening the camera of a smartphone and hovering it over the QR code, a link will pop up that will take users to the “Bee Pages” on the city’s visitgreenfieldma.com website, offering information on Greenfield’s bee history and other attractions in the city.

“This is another tool in our toolbox for promoting Greenfield,” Mayor Roxann Wedegartner said in a press release. “The bees are a fun attraction in the city, especially for tourists. For those who use QR codes, it’s a great way to learn more about the bee history of Greenfield and other attractions.”

The bee project was initially funded by a grant to the Crossroads Cultural District Committee from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The six sculptures were unveiled in late May, kicking off the annual Bee Fest.

Greenfield Savings Bank is also underwriting an additional bee sculpture that will arrive in September.


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