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7th October 2022

Could our ‘Three in a Boat’ maritime statues sail to victory?

Hull’s maritime living statues will compete in the World Living Statues Festival, World Championship on 16 October 2022 in Alkmaar, the Netherlands.

There are currently around 400 professionally working living statues worldwide and this festival, now in its fourteenth year, is known to be the largest competition, focusing on street artists who perform as living statues. Around 200,000 visitors are expected to marvel at almost 200 artistic living statues.

The statues will perform in and around the streets and alleys of a designated route, competing against stiff competition from around the world.

“Three in a Boat” represents some of the industries that played a major part in Hull’s rich maritime history.

Andy Train, better known for his living statue "The Gold Man", will be performing as "The Docker" alongside "The Trawlerman" and "The Whaler”.

The trio made their first appearance last August when the Hull Kraken infested the city with giant inflatable tentacles appearing on key landmarks around the city. They have also entertained families at the city’s first spring festival, The Awakening delivered by Freedom Festival Arts Trust and Hull City Council.

Image by Jason Shipley

Councillor Mike Ross, Leader of Hull City Council, said: “The three living statues have been popular when performing at events and it is great to see families engage with them to learn about some of the industries that were part of Hull’s heritage, in its heyday.

“Our maritime characters are putting Hull on the map in a bid to be crowned World Living Statues winners and I wish them every success.”

Andy Train, said: “The last time I was in this competition I was alone, that’s almost 10 years ago. To return with a couple of buddies will be great fun and we’ll certainly be proudly flying the flag for both Hull and the UK. It’s an honour to have been selected.”

Watch out for the characters as they continue to entertain families and raise awareness of Hull Maritime, the major project transforming the city’s maritime treasures.

For more information about the World Living Statues Festival and the World Championship visit

Three in a Boat will compete for major award