Puffins Galore! will see 40 1.5m puffins decorated by artists along the themes of endangered wildlife of our coasts and seas; the global warming crisis and the growth of green energy; or people and stories of the East Yorkshire coast.
They will be located across East Yorkshire, from Flamborough to Spurn Point and in cities and towns in between, during the summer and each will be sponsored by a business or institution.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) “Lifeboats and Lighthouses” puffin, which reflects Yorkshire’s many famous lighthouses and history of the life-saving charity, will be sponsored by the Wykeland Beal joint venture of Wykeland and Beal, who are partners in the regeneration of Hull’s Fruit Market urban village.
The puffin, designed by artist Gordon Banks, will take pride of place in the Fruit Market, where a hugely popular residential development delivered by Beal as part of the joint venture has created a unique new community.
Jamie Barrington, Sales Operations Manager for East Yorkshire-based Beal, said: “We’re delighted to support Puffins Galore! with our friends at Wykeland.
“This creative project will support local artists and promote our home region as a visitor location.
“We’re looking forward to the Wykeland Beal-sponsored puffin becoming another quirky local landmark in the Fruit Market, adding to the area’s cultural credentials and delighting visitors throughout the summer.”
Puffins Galore! is a mass participation public art event which follows the hugely popular and award-winning “Larkin with Toads” and “A Moth for Amy” trails. Once the puffins trail has come to an end the sculptures will be sold, either to their sponsors or at a grand charity auction, and proceeds will be donated to four charities – Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, the RNLI, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and Hornsea Inshore Rescue.
- For more information on the puffins trail, visit puffinsgalore.co.uk