42 white sculptures delivered for decoration before Puffins Galore! tourist campaign

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Rachel and James Murray with a fiberglass puffin outside The Boathouse offices in Hull. Photo by Paul Smith

Puffins galore! is a tourism campaign that will see the decorated puffin sculptures placed in coastal towns and attractions from Flamborough to Spurn Point as well as inland towns and villages.

The puffin sculptures, which measure 1.5 meters high, will be the protagonists of the Puffins Galore! Track.

The sculptures have arrived at The Boathouse offices, next to the Hull marina.

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Rachel and James Murray with Clare Huby, director of Puffins Galore Ltd, and one of the puffins. Photo by Paul Smith.

They are now decorated by professional artists who have fulfilled the mandate to tell a story of the East Coast, its local wildlife, green energy and climate change.

The painted puffins will be unveiled on Saturday July 2 at a range of coastal sites across East Yorkshire as well as select inland locations including Hull, Beverley, Cottingham and Patrington.

Rachel and James, owners of The Boathouse for more than 20 years, said the sculptures appeal to their passion for culture.

James, an architect, said: “I come from a creative industry and think art and culture are very important, so we were happy to put our project on hold to accommodate the puffins.

“We remember the Larkin Toads and Moths that were created for the Amy Johnson Festival and also saw other animal sculpture trails around the country.”

Puffins galore! was launched with funding from the Yorkshire Coast BID and the East Riding of Yorkshire Council as part of their drive to boost tourism and increase visitor numbers.

This investment has already enabled the organizers to obtain additional sponsorship from more than 40 companies in the region.

Clare Huby, director of Puffins Galore Ltd, said: ‘The sculptures were due to be delivered in March, but they are made in a factory in Poland and a lot of the work has had to stop because some of the workers are from Ukraine. or have family. the.

“Our first concern was the safety of people. All we could do was be patient and wait for their colleagues to catch up on work. Our artists and sponsors have been very understanding and friendly and we are grateful to them.

“We are now at the point where I can’t wait to see the puffins in their new homes. Having already delivered Larkin with Toads and A Moth for Amy, we know it will be difficult and tiring, but we have a great team working above.

Puffins galore! will last six months, after which all the sculptures will be sold, either to their sponsors or at a large charity auction.

Proceeds will be donated to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, RNLI, RSPB and Hornsea Inshore Rescue.

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