The Love Bug honours the notion that the mundane can be made meaningful and puts its own spin on designer toys. The 60s 'flower power' aesthetic metamorphoses this Buzzy Bee into an envoy of peace, tolerance and reconciliation; wings depicting peace signs/pax cultura, the duality of existence evident in the yin and yang wheels, body emblazoned with multi-lingual versions of ‘peace’, and olive branch offered.
At a more subtle level, blazing gunfire becomes blooming flowers, and a hand giving the peace sign is where one would expect a bee’s angry sting. Our humble Buzzy Bee is now ‘The Love Bug’, the new dove of peace showing that small can be powerful.
This piece was a direct response to the Christchurch mosque attacks and was a finalist in the 2020 Miles Art Awards at the Tauranga Art Gallery.