One of the highlights of the 2016 Festival was the very popular public art project, A Moth for Amy, making the connection to Amy’s plane ‘Jason’, a de Havilland Tiger Moth. Many of these brightly coloured, artist designed, giant moths can still be seen around Hull and East Yorkshire.
Stop me and buy one, the Moth for Amy adorning our gateway, was commissioned after the festival, using the original moth sculpture created by Saffron Waghorn (saffronwaghorn.co.uk) from which the mould was taken for all the other Moths. It was designed by Leo Soph Welton, (iamhuman-design.co.uk) a Liverpool-based artist and graphic designer. The Moth design is a reminder that, from 1840 to 1861, this stretch of Peel Street, as well as neighbouring Albany and Hutt Streets, was the location of the Hull Zoological Gardens. The Gardens were home to tigers, leopards, elephants, monkeys, polar bears and many other wild animals from around the world. We also hope that Amy once enjoyed an ice cream made here!
The locations (and those of the remaining Larkin’s Toads) can all be found on an updated map which can be downloaded by clicking here. Paper versions of the map are available at tourist information centres throughout the region, or you can use the Sculpture Finder to locate Moths and Toads on your computer or smart phone. Further details of A Moth for Amy can be found here.