Hull moths

I only know the current location of one of the Hull moths. The one that is still in the Diamond building of Sheffield university which Amy Johnston graduated from.



Wild in Art Sculpture Trials Coming up in 2018 United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia

Where are they now? Lincoln Knights, Hull moths and  Sheffield Elephants?

Wild in Art Sculpture Trails

This year I followed trail of Moths in Hull and knights in Lincoln. Last year I followed the elephant trail in Shefgield.

I know where some of the knights and elephants are (see previous 2 day’s posts) but I do not know where any of the moths are.

Look out for a January post about wild in Art sculptures in 2018.

Hull City of Culture: Good Friday day out

Being Good Friday the museums of museum quarter Injand Ferens art gallery were closed, however I still found things to look at.

The Sping flowers in Princess Gardens were beautiful.

With Emperess pub in background
I also saw the temporary installations of daffiodils, present just for Easter weekend and poppies which are moving round the country during the centenary of the World War One years. The train station has dozens of boards showing all the men from Hull, who died in the First World War.

It is a shame all the redevelopment work was not completed before the year of culture as it means there are a lot of fences and barriers around.

The courts on Alfred Gelder street, are a very ornate building.

I went to the Deep car park to see installations within cars. These were not immediately obvious and it felt strange walking round car park  trying to look for art in cars as although I may be wanting to not ride.

For example, in this picture one of the cars is the nearest one in this picture ( little light green colour one) then another is same colour other end of row nearly completely hidden in this photo by a van.

The first car:

The second car:

The third car:

I would say don’t come to Hull just for cars. But have a look if you go to the Deep, particularly if you are in group and there is a long queue to get into the Deep; you can take it turns to look at cars / wait in line. From The marine or museum quarter the cars are only a 5/10minute diversion each way.

I was not, expecting to see any urinals during my day out but, saw several at Fountsain 17 during a 5minute stop; did not feel needed to study them. I also paid a quick visit to the Humber Gallery on the same street. The upstairs galleries has exhibition on untill mid June called Becoming the sea. To be honest it was rather space, various videos so did not engage me for long.

Downstairs there was a Raft of Medusa, a reference  had recently become aquatinted with due to car 2 at the Deep car park.

Also on Humber street was a couple of fun planters.

The paper exhibition 30June to 9th July, sounds interesting. At the launch the worlds favourite colour will be announced. At the I information point at the train station,  I picked up some stickers and cards about how to submit favourite colour.

Humber street is part of an 80million pound regeneration project. Around the area are teasers about what is to come…

I also briefly popped into Playing the Bridge, a multimedia installation on Scale bridge near the museum quarter. In the semi darkness, films played on large screens and a couple of people had different hammers which they banged on the metal to create eerie acoustics.

I may have only popped into some places very briefly but, still fun especially as I discovered today and on previous visit during year of culture there is lots to see around.

During the day I only saw one Amy Johnson moth in St Stephens, not sure if this is now it’s permanent home as other moths have moved.

Hull hot chocolate at Cocoa Chocolatier

More Hull Wonderwalls

Hot chocolate at the Real McCoy Hull.

Wondewalls: Hull City of Culture

30+ moths, 2 toads; Land of Green Ginger, gold Post box and Gold phone box; features of a walk around Hull

Model of Amy Johnson’s Jason in the train station

Amy Johnson statue

Willberforce column

Fish embedded in pavement in front of city hall

WildinArt have been involved in the Sheffield elephant project, Hull toads and moths and Liverpool Lambannas. WHAT IS NEXT …..?


Top 5 Large Elephants (Children’s Hospital Trail Sheffield 2016)

30+ moths, 2 toads; Land of Green Ginger, gold Post box and Gold phone box; features of a walk around Hull

Butterfly net out; to catch Amy Johnson Inspired Moths

Sheffield Elephants vs Hull moths


Summer 2017

Herd of jungle animals, Lanarkshire to raise money for Glasgow children’s hospital

Knights Summer, 2017 Lincoln.

Bears Sumer 2017,  Birmingham

Benches in a project called sitting with Jane. To mark 200 year since Jane Austin’s death. This is in Basingstoke where she wrote Pride and Prejudice.

Autumn 2017

Snow dogs (based upon Raymond Briggs creations)  in Newcastle and Tyne and Wear and Wales

Summer 2018

Hares summer 2018. Norwich.

More details of these and past projects are listed on the WildinArt website

Also I have come across some of the creations.

30+ moths, 2 toads; Land of Green Ginger, gold Post box and Gold phone box; features of a walk around Hull

 One of Hull’s heros is Amy Johnson. I have not seen them, but there is statues of her on Prospect Street and near one of her homes in Hawthorn avenue. Untill March 2017 there are 30+ moths in Hull in her honour. Possibly after, the auction of them in April some will be bought and put back on display.

Tips for viewing Amy Johnson’s moths

Butterfly net out; to catch Amy Johnson Inspired Moths

In 2010 there was a similar project to honour Hull poet Philip Larkin; Larkin with toads. I have seen two toads that remain in Hull; there may be more!

Outside Hull’s Historical centre
In Museum Quarter
In the train station there is also a statue of Phillip Larkin.


Hull along with Beverley has white phone boxes instead of the usual red of the rest of the UK. It seems they also have one gold phone box; there is no explanation around it as to why it is gold.

The gold post box on Hessle road is in honour of Luke Campbell’s gold medal in the 2012 olympics when London hosted.

The Land of Green Ginger is a street in the centre of Hull. It’s name possibly coming from the  twising  of the name, of a Dutch family that lived in Hull in the early 19th centruy. The family name was Lindegreen Jonger which means green lime street. Or perhapas, it references the spices that came into the nearby docks. A range of goods and people travelled to and through the docks. A sculpture along the Humber shows a faimly who have arrived at the docks from North Europe who then proceeded by train to Liverpool and from there by boat to America.

The family sculture is between the Humber and Hull’s marina which forward of Princess Quay shopping city.Walking away from the marina, towards the Deep in front of the pub, come to tables and benches with typical Hull phrases recorded.

Recognising Hull’s fishing and sea faring history, Zebedee’s yard has a tributary scultpture, into which flowers can be placed.

Hull has many scultpures. the newest being the Blade in Queen Victoria Square which was positioned in January 2017 as part of city of culture. Before I went  I had heard it was part of a theme of looking up, looking up from the ubiquitous phone and noticing what is going an around. The Blade is certainly big and therefore,  causes people to gather, around it. It is not that high up; you can see it without lifiting your head. The highest part is the tip that, protrudes acrooss above the road. At least one of the emotions experincec by crowds in Queen Victoria Square , will be puzzlement. It is impressive in size but, other than that is rather stark with no adornment and a very simple shape some may consider it rather phalic like. It is for all to judge.


Sheffield Elephants vs Hull moths

Points for Sheffield

  1. Bigger scale and more 3D than moths so more area for design.
  2. As 3D and at ground level could engage with them more; stroke them, or give them a pat on the way past or children could crawl between their legs, of course it was strictly forbidden to sit on them but think there is a few people with pictures of themselves or their children sitting on them. Could even look through the bely of the Steel Elephant.
  3. Better app because recognized in locations without having to scan QR code.
  4. Better signs next to elephants which gave information about design and designers unlike minimal signs next to the moths (apart from the moth at Sheffield university that had a full board next to it).
  5. Moths had little variation on theme yes, more constrained brief but surprised not to see more about insect moths for example how a caterpillar turns into a moth.
  6. Bigger variety of locations. All moths were hung on walls insdie or outside buildings. Whereas elephants were in a walled garden, in a winter garden and in farms and more.
  7. There was a mini herd of elephants whereas no mini moths.
  8. Elephants signed by snooker players and members of Arctic Monkeys.

The mini Elephant Herd

Top 5 Large Elephants (Children’s Hospital Trail Sheffield 2016)

Top 5 Large Elephants (Children’s Hospital Trail Sheffield 2016)

Points for Hull

  1. They had a glow in the dark moth; Fly me to the moon.
  2. They had a moth covered in swavorski crystals.
  3.  The moths went national extending as far away as London and Kent.

Tips for viewing Amy Johnson’s moths

Butterfly net out; to catch Amy Johnson Inspired Moths


Completely unbiased Sheffield win 8-3.

Tips for viewing Amy Johnson’s moths

Butterfly net out; to catch Amy Johnson Inspired Moths

  • Not all the moths are in Hull; there is one in Sheffield, Kent and London as well as several in East Riding Beverley.
  • The moths are insitu until end of March when they are auctioned.
  • Download the moth app to help, check them off by zapping QR codes and it also helps to navigate to them. For navigation purposes, maps of the moth trial can also be collected from the station.
  • The moths are categorised as either city centre, Hull suburbs, East Riding or national.
  • It is possible to walk around all 26 city centre moths plus the moving moth under national moths which is at the Mercure until the end of March. It takes about 4 to 4.5 hours.
  • Given another hour or two moths between city centre and Hawthorn road could also be collected on foot. Beyohbd that a car is possibly needed.
  • If you want to check off all the moths on the app in the city centre, then you need to visit Tuesday to Friday. As the the History centre which hosts one of the moths, is only open then and first and third Saturday of the month.


Also Learn to fly is within an office car park with gates that may be locked so daytime in week recommended for this one too although I was able to visit on a Sunday. With gates locked, moth can be partially seen by QR code can not be zapped.


Butterfly net out; to catch Amy Johnson Inspired Moths

Armed with a net of the internet variety, also known as the moth collector app, the journey began. It was just a short hop to the first moth, within the Diamond building, which is part of Sheffield university. It was here that Amy Johnston, studied for her degree.

It was two weeks into 2017 Hull Year of culture and it was time for a train journey to Amy’s home time in Hull. The moths habitation pre dates the start of Hull’s 2017 reign. The moths arrived  01July2016 which was Amy’s birthday; she was born in 1903. 2016 marked 75 years since Amy died when the plane she was flying crashed into the Thames just of Hermes bay in Kent, hence there is a moth there. The moths are catergorised according to location as Hull city centre moths, Hull suburbs moths, East Riding moths (the area around Hull) and National moths.

Upon arriving in Hull the aim was to see as many as the 26 city centre moths as possible. Amy has become a legend in her hometown in Hull because in 1930 she became the first woman to fly solo to Australia. Following that flight she continued to break and attempt to break other aviation records both on her own and with other pilots. One pilot Jim Mollison asked her to marry him within a week of their first flight together. They married in July 1932 and continued to attempt aviation records both together and solo. Perhaps the stress of competing against each other records or Mollison’s occasional heavy drinking contributed to the break up of their marriage. They divorced in 1938.

Disembarking  from the train in Hull and walking to the end of the platform the first moth was found. it featured the flags of places Amy had flown to.

A second one is further down the train station but as it, was close to the city of culture information  point, it was that which caught our attention. We collected a moth spotting map and was advised to head to Queen Victoria Square where moths clustered around.

Across the road from the station was Product of Hull moth; it had symbols representing the fishing trade. Amy’s Father was a partner in the fish merchant trade. His success meant the family were able to trade houses up during Amy’s childhood, hence she lived in a couple of houses in Hull then later Beverley which also has a couple of moths. Also this allowed Amy to attend small private schools and attend university.

Following graduating Amy briefly worked in Hull before moving to London to seek more employment opportunities. In London she began as a hobby taking flying lessons. After 6 lessons, she wrote home “I have immense belief in the future of flying”. Indeed her future centered around flying despite, It taking her 16hours of duel flying before her first solo flight which was considered longer than average. But as the moth on Carr lane on the way to Queen Victoria Square stated; she was able to Fly High.

Upon reaching Queen Victoria Square, we entered Princess Quay shopping centre. My spirit found outlet in the air was located along the glass walkway overlooking the water of the Princess Quay. The name was inspired by a quote from Amy “Had I been a man, I might have explored the poles or climbed Mount Everest, but as it was my spirit found outlook in the air’.

The next moth could be seen from My spirit found outlet in the air, however it was the other side of the Princess Quay, so we had to leave the shopping centre into  Queen Victoria square and cross to the other side of princess Quay and process along Princess Quay dock road.

We continued straight ahead along the water’s edge. A right turn could have taken us into Zeebeedee yard to see the three moths there. However, we proceeded straight ahead and then across Castle Street to see a very sparkly moth named Cystal Moth on Humber Dock Street.

Venturing on a bridge to the right there was Amy’s Jason. Jason was the name that Amy gave to her first plane the name referenced her Father’s business trade name. Her Father helped her buy the plane along with Lord Wakefield. Lord Wakefield was a philanthropist who founded the company that became Castrol oil. He also provided funding for another female aviator Jean Baton.

Jason was a second hand gypsy moth. Gypsy moth is a type of plan designed by Geoffrey De Havilland.

Retracing steps over the bridge and winding way to the banks of the Humber and round into square on Neslon Street. This was the first moth we saw that beside as all the other’s being in the shape of the insect moth, also related to the insect moth in it’s theme. The idea was it blended into it’s surrounded during the day and came to life at night when it became illuminated referencing how moths are generally nocturnal and fly at night (whereas butterflies are generally diurnal and fly during the day). Therefore we later returned to this moth to see it in the dark.


After winding along the banks of the Humber to the popular aquarium attraction, the Deep we entered the ticket hall to find mechanical looking moth, reflecting Amy’s interest in mechanical engineering. In 1929 as well as gaining her pilots license Amy qualified as a ground engineer.

Across the road on High Street, a small road under the flyway Airmail was situated featuring postage stamps representing Amy’s travels.

Amy became an inspiration figure in aviation hence this moth named I was only a kid but I knew I wanted to be Amy, which is located in museum quarter just off High Street. In the 30s Amy was a celebrity for example she opened Sewerby Hall which now exhibits Amy mementos and in 1936 was the guest of honour at the opening of the first Butlins in Skegness.

From there it was a bigger gap to the next moth which was across a Drypool Bridge and more walking the other side of the bridge to reach Great Union Street. 1930s avaiation poster for Amy was stylised like the aviation posters that publicised aviation in the 1920s, perhaps one such poster inspired Amy to fly.

Similarly the next moth was an an encouragement to fly. We were lucky to be able to zap it on the app, because when we turned to leave someone was just waiting to close the gate of the office car park it was in. A couple of minutes later the QR code would have been out of reach.

Despite seeing the next moth, which was just across the road as photographic evidence shows, we were unable to zap it because the QR code was facing away from the window and the building was closed as it was a Sunday.


Stopping for lunch took us back to the Princess Quay Dock street. On the map there looked to be three moths between Whitefrair gate and Posterngate, so we ended up going a long way round and eventually realizing we could have walked up Princess Quay dock street to Postergate street and turned into Zebedees yard was three moths were housed.

The first two moths could be eyeballed as walked into Zebedees yard.

The third moth moth in the yard referenced Amy’s work as an engineer. It was coloured in browns mirroring what is typically, thought of as moth colouring although, moths can have some colour they are less colourful than most butterflies. The biggest distinguishing features between moths and butterflies are the shape of their antennae and moth caterpillars form cocoons which are wrapped in silk coverings whilst butterfly caterpillars from chrysalis which are hard and smooth.

Out of Zebedee yard a short walk along to the north side of Trinity church, attached to the outside of the indoor market.

Coming out of north side churchside and turning left on to Lowgate there was another short walk to Wonderful Amy. A lot was fitted into this moth; there is a fish pattern to reference Amy’s Father fish merchant business, gypsy moth logo, Hulls coat of arms, 1930s inspired design and covers Amy’s passions of flying and fashion. The ATA (air transport auxiliary) logo is also displayed as in 1941 Amy began transporting planes to contribute to the war effort.

Up to the crossroads and turning right on to Arther Gelder street, with Drypool bridge in sight again a moth inspired by Dehavilland metal moth. It symolises Any and other women contributed in the war.

Around the corner alongside Queen’s Park was a crest like design. Featuring symbols of Amy’s home town Hull, Croydon where her flight to Australia started and Darwin where she landed albeit it, a crash landing. She had set out to beat the record at the time for flying to Australia but with a time of 19 days, did not succeed (and people moan nowadays about taking a whole day to fly to Australia!). Nether less due to becoming the first female to fly solo to Australia she was awarded a CBE.

A walk down the road and it was back to Queen  Victoria square, across the square on to King Edwards Squate and turn on to Storey street opposite the Prospect Shopping Centre. We walked around William Willberforce health centre looking for the moth on the outside of the building, finally we found it by venturing inside. This one honoured not just Amy, but other females, predominately Grace Hopper. Shortly after the 2nd world war whilst working on a place she discovered a moth within that had caused system problems. We learned that this finding was where the common phase computer bug, comes from.

A short walk across the road then it was into the Prospect centre, after some looping around Spirit was finally found just inside the entrance from West Street. Spirit can be interpreted several ways but one reference is to the plane Spirit of Artemis. Spirit of Artemis was a plane flown by Tracey Curtis Taylor from Farnbarough, England to Australia in recognition of Amy’s flight. Tracey set off on 01OCT2015 and had several stops including at Dubai aviation exhibition and to talk to young women in Pakistan.

The walk to the next one was an unknown quantity, as it was one of the moths classed as being in the suburbs and was on the edge of the map with an arrow pointing off the map, but in actual fact was less than ten minutes walk away.

Back to the city centre down Fernsway towards the train station, to find the few remaining city centre moths. Firstly Earth Mother, located outside the Hull Truck theatre.

Along to the third shopping centre on the day; St Stephens next to the train station.

The trial for the 26th city centre moth ended where it began in the train station with one that was misssd earlier.

At the Mecure hotel which is connected to the station there was a moth under the national catergory because it is one that has traveled; two previous locations in Hull and one in Grimsby.

The trial was extended by seeking more moths in what was deemed suburbs. The first was less than ten minutes walk away at Kingston retail park.

Another ten minutes up the same side of the carriage way was a monochrome moth.

The longest walk yet ensued up to Hessle Road. However there was a gold post box there too! Again referencing Amy’s plane Jason.

Another 30minute walk would have  led to cluster to around where Any first lived in Hull on Hawthorn Avenue . However, by this time we had walked 21km (10miles plus), it was dark and drizzling.

Two of the moths  in the cluster around Hawthorn Avenue refer to letters between Amy and her older lover Hans Arreger. Their relationship began when Amy was 18years old but ultimately did not last and Hans married another women. If Amy had married Hans it is doubtful that the letters Hans kept from Amy would now be significant enough to be  held at Hull history centre. The first moth Red Letter days reproduce in Amy’s handwriting part of a letter to Han’s, on a sky blue background as if written by a plane.


The other also features part of one of Amy’s letters to Hans where she talks about having someone to dance with.



The other  moths in Hull are further out albeit the same side of the city.

I like the look of this colorful moth with an intricate design.


This moth is in honour of Geoffery De Havillands and his interest in moths which inspired his plane designs such as the gypsy moth which Amy flew.


I like this design which features different types of planes.


Not sure I will see many, if any more of the moths as they are only in situ until April when they are auctioned. Especially as they are spread out to East Riding including Beverley and Humberside airport (15miles from Hull), which was first used by the RAF in 1941 and did not become a commercials airport until 1974 following being abandoned after the war. Then there is the one at the Science museum in London where Amy’s Jason is exhibited and the one in Kent which is close to where on the 5th January 1941 whilst working for the ATA, Amy’s plane came down in the Thames. Mystery surrounds the circumstances particularly as he body has never been found and information about it, is still covered by government secrecy act.

If all the moths are brought back together again before they are auctioned like the Sheffield elephants were it would be fantastic to get the chance to see the other moths in person.


2017: Hull City of Culture

During 2017 I would like to visit Hull.

I would like to search for the moths to honour Hull’s female aviator Amy Johnson. Hopefully searching for moths is as much fun as hunting elephants.

Tiger Moths — 30daysofwildparenting

I saw all the big and mini Sheffield elephants; but where are they now????

Having billboards with original art work on, means there will be something else to view as wander.A new gallery, light installations and masterpieces set for Hull city of culture 2017 — features and photography about how humans live today

I would also like to see the gold post box in Hull.

Would be good to visit after September to see Turner prize pieces.