By Andrea Beer, general marketing manager at Hudgell Solicitors
As a business proud of its Hull roots, and one which continues to invest heavily in supporting the city, we at Hudgell Solicitors are delighted to be playing our part in supporting the Amy Johnson Festival, recognising and paying tribute to one of the city’s inspirational greats.
Aiming to raise awareness of her achievements as an aviator, as an engineer and as a woman of her time, the Festival is also providing opportunities for new art to be created, and aims to encourage young women to consider engineering and the sciences as career choices.
It also boasts a packed programme of community events between now and September, including the ‘A Moth for Amy’ trail, which we have been delighted to support.
The project saw more than 200 design submissions from local artists, which were eventually whittled down and chosen by 59 moth sponsors.
Now, the fibre glass moths have each appeared around the region in recognition of Ms Johnson flying a Havilland Gipsy Moth solo from the UK to Australia in 1930, becoming the first woman to do so.
Having launched on Friday, there has already been a buzz of excitement around the moth display, with each individual piece of art reflecting the powerful inspiration of Ms Johnson and her amazing achievements.
The moth sponsored by Hudgell Solicitors is situated on the Cerutti’s restaurant building in Nelson Street, near Victoria Pier, and was designed by community artist and musician Charles Huckvale, a co-director of Hull Carnival Arts, who studied Fine Art painting at Central St Martins College in London.
It is unique in that during daylight hours it is plain white and minimal, and it is only in the dark that its true message is revealed.
Using luminescent paint, our ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ moth reflects how some insects navigate by flying at a constant angle relative to a distant light source, such as the moon, in a behaviour called transverse orientation.
Already there have been plenty of people following the trail, but they will remain in place until March 2017, seeing in Hull’s year as UK City of Culture, so there is plenty of time to take part and find all 59 across the region.
There is plenty more happening throughout The Amy Johnson Festival and the A Moth For Amy exhibition, so be sure to follow the events and support them, as we will do here at Hudgell Solicitors.