The first mural piece as part of The Shorelines Project which we launched in partnership with Rights : Community : Action on Friday 9th October, has been completed in just six days!
Our very own Calvin Innes alongside internationally recognised artist Andy Pea, got to work early Sunday morning to bring the first mural to life as part of the 12 month community engagement campaign. With the aim to empower Hull’s residents to be better informed, educated and prepared for climate change, a series of 10 giant murals will be seen popping up over the city to act as a reminder of the real risks the city faces if no immediate action is taken.
This wall at Hull College stands a huge 9.78m high x 6.75m wide, but it is crazy to think this is actually going to be one of the smallest walls in the mural series. The Shorelines Project will be seen breaking records for the largest murals at least 5 times over as part of the art and activism campaign.
Using art to visualise the future of Hull City is the key focus of The Shorelines Project and our thoughts behind each mural started with the idea of sending communities on a journey from ‘Dark to Light’. As people become increasingly enlightened and educated on the threat of climate change to our City, the murals will start to evolve from the darkness representing fear and uncertainty, to light and a sense of optimism for the future.
Launching with such a dark, ominous piece is representative of the fact that at the moment, many are unaware or have turned a blind eye to the very real, very serious threat of Climate Change to our City. As knowledge grows, communities will finally be able to see clearly and start to demand change for Hull’s future.
Introducing you to The Girl.
Designed to capture people’s attention and spark a discussion, The Girl, who is young but deliberately ageless, sits cross legged over a collection of crudely sketched illustrations, created with coloured pencils. The illustrations are child-like depictions of people trapped in flood water, in boats, wading through flooded areas. The image is largely blue, with a water-line at the very top.
The intention is that upon first glance, the girl appears to be seated, basked in blue light, closer inspection will reveal that she is in fact sat under water; iconic Hull buildings blurred into the background.
Toys, coloured pencils and other small items float around the girl, depicting a childhood potentially lost to the flood waters. The look on the girls face is deliberately designed in the same way the Mona Lisa’s smile works – a look Italians describe as ‘sfumato’. It means blurry, ambiguous and up to the imagination.
The piece is designed to make some people feel slightly uncomfortable, others hopeful, and to instigate discussion about climate change, flooding and how it will affect future generations.
She looks pretty epic, go and see for yourself!
We’re encouraging as many people to get involved with The Shorelines Project as possible. Community engagement is crucial because it’s our people, our future, that will be affected by Climate Change and flooding.
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To find out more about the project, its murals and how you can get involved, visit www.theshorelinesproject.com.
To arrange interviews and photography opportunities, or to enquire about getting involved in the project, give us a shout!
Rights: Community: Action is a social enterprise set up to work through art and empowerment with communities on climate change – www.rightscommunityaction.co.uk
- Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) is commissioned to provide policy advice on the project – www.tcpa.org.uk
- DrunkAnimal Creative – https://drunkanimal.com/
- Environment Agency data on which the project is based can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/flood-risk-assessments-climate-change-allowances (Table 3, Higher end, and Table 4)
- Humber 2100 story map https://environment.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=ca50cc93ac6644b096f8e0e4ab1b2dc1#
- Humber 2100 Environment Agency citizen space: https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/humber/strategyreview/