Flutters And Finance: Our Tiger Moth Is Here To Stay!

Uncategorized // March 27, 2017

As the Amy Johnson Festival comes to a close, many people are rushing out to catch a last glimpse of Hull’s Moth Trail before the unique works of art are auctioned off and flutter away to new homes, but our own Tiger Moth won’t be going anywhere.

The public art project “A Moth For Amy” last year invited artists and designers to adorn moth sculptures and placed them around Hull in honour of one of the most inspiring women of the Twentieth Century. Hailing from Hull, in 1930 Amy Johnson became the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia in a second hand Gipsy Moth plane, inspiring the design of the artworks that have encouraged locals to take a walk around Hull and surrounding areas to spot them.

As the director of the Amy Johnson Festival, Rick Welton, said in The Hull Daily Mail, “the moth trail is one of the Festival’s great success stories, with thousands of people taking to the streets to log and photograph the moths.”

But what goes up must come down and on Friday the 31 March the majority of the moths will be taken down and auctioned off to raise money for local charities and help develop art and engineering projects. However, we purchased our moth which has taken permanent residence at our building on Beverley Road, so people can come and take a look any time.

Visual artist Jo Cruickshanks, whose work aims to raise awareness of environmental, regeneration and education issues, designed our moth and its striking design certainly turns heads. The design is based on the Garden Tiger Moth and gives our building a lively touch of colour.

It’s a great part of Hull’s heritage and culture and we’re proud to say that we’re involved, so swing by and take a look at the video.

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