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6th August 2021

Three unique characters, that represent some of the industries that played a major part in the city’s rich maritime heritage, have been unveiled.

The living statue performance hopes to inspire, educate, entertain and ignite conversations in a bid to raise awareness of the £30.2m project that will transform some of Hull’s maritime treasures as well as unearthing the many compelling stories of love, loss, achievement and danger.

The characters will come alive during their first performance on 10 August as part of #HullKraken large scale tentacle installation, as part of the Hull Maritime project and the disturbance at the Hull Maritime Museums basement during the work to pack and move 50,000 objects ahead of the major refurbishment

Councillor Daren Hale, Leader of Hull City Council, said: “This is a critical time to raise awareness and build support for the project and these human living statues are great to engage and entertain in a creative way. As the project develops the performance and characters will evolve to create something really powerful.”

Andy Train, who brought Hull “The Gold Man” working with his friends from Giddy Kipper Arts have carefully researched and created three maritime characters with a bronzed textured look using recycled clothing and other locally sourced materials. Welcome the Trawlerman, Whaler and Docker.

Andy said: “I’m proud and pleased to have this opportunity to use this type of performance art in highlighting Hull’s rich and varied maritime history.”

Watch out for special performances between 6 – 26 August as part of the #HullKraken

Three characters will come alive. Photo by Jason Shipley