A Moth For Amy
Rollits is backing a major public art project to celebrate the
life of pioneering aviator Amy Johnson, and had a sneak preview of
the giant Moth sculptures before artists get to work on them.
Ralph Gilbert and Pat Coyle had their first glimpse of the
unpainted Moths when they attended thelaunch of major public art project
paying tribute to aviation heroine Amy Johnson at Hull History Centre to mark
the official launch of the "A Moth for Amy" project.
More than 45 businesses from across the region have already
pledged their support to A Moth for Amy, a mass engagement public
art project based on the concept of the hugely successful Larkin
with Toads initiative.
Giant moth sculptures, created by local sculptor, Saffron
Waghorn, are set to be painted by artists in designs of the
supporting businesses' choice and will then be placed at locations
across Hull, East Yorkshire and beyond - many of significance to
Amy Johnson's story.
Amy Johnson CBE was one of the most influential and
inspirational women of the twentieth century. She was the first
woman to fly solo from England to Australia in 1930 and set a
string of other records throughout her career.
The launch on April 1 gives the first 45 businesses who have
pledged their support a chance to see the moth sculptures they have
sponsored for the first time before they are painted by a range of
artists and community groups.
Pat Coyle, Marketing & Client Relations Director said: "As
our 175th birthday approaches we are very excited that we will have
our very own 'Moth' on Citadel House this summer, which will be
visible to all the traffic leaving the city down Liberty Lane."
The Moth for Amy project is part of a wider cultural festival,
using Amy's legacy to create an exciting programme from July
through to September based on art, science and engineering.
Amy Johnson Festival director Rick Welton said: "We're delighted
to be able to unveil the moths to those who have already shown
their support for this wonderful project.
"It is fantastic to see the positive response from the region's
business community, as well as from health, education and social
groups, who have already sponsored a moth.
"The popularity of the Larkin with Toads project is a great
indicator of how well-received major art schemes are in Hull, so we
encourage those businesses and organisations who still want to
pledge their support to come on board while there is still
The festival team has also linked up with Artlink, based in
Princes Avenue, to create community moths based on a design created
by local community groups. In collaboration with certain businesses
and organisations, groups will work with an artist to create the
design which will then be painted onto their Moth for Amy.
The moths will appear on the streets in July.
Project Manager, Clare Huby, added: "There is a wonderful range
of designs, all inspired by Amy and the festival themes. Many of
the artists are locally based but we have also had beautiful
designs from across the UK and from as far away as Australia, USA
"This festival not only shows how important Amy Johnson's legacy
is in Hull, but it also showcases the huge amount of talent there
is in the region from Saffron, our sculptor, through to the artists
we have working on the moths. This is fantastic recognition of the
legacy Amy created on an international scale."
Posted on: 01/04/2016
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