Artwork designed to add interest to new right-of-way

Martin Green, chief executive of Hull 2017,  takes a look at scuplture Past and Present by Peter Coates.
Martin Green, chief executive of Hull 2017, takes a look at scuplture Past and Present by Peter Coates.
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artworks have been unveiled along a new public right-of-way behind the new Siemens factory in Hull.

The footpath along the River Humber foreshore was closed to allow the development to go ahead and the new right-of-way, between a dual carriageway and the docks, opened a year ago.

Since then students and interns of Hull School of Art and Design have come up with five designs to add interest to the path, along with a sixth piece by a professional artist, based on the theme of Hull’s maritime past, present and future.

One of the most striking works is based on disused crane grabs; another on a type of sailor’s knot, a sheepshank.

Fine art student Holly Lawson, who is in her third year at Hull School of Art and Design, who designed Sheepshank, from tubes of stainless steel, said: “For it to be in place before City of Culture is tremendously inspiring.”

Chief executive of Hull 2017 Martin Green said the private and public sector input – Associated British Ports has invested £100,000 in the scheme – along with engineering companies who brought the designs to life was “an ecosystem of how art should work.”