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The Green Port Growth Programme, which has been created to establish East Yorkshire as a world-class centre for renewable energy, is helping to celebrate the life of Hull’s aviation heroine Amy Johnson through a major public art project.

Image courtesy of Jerome Whittingham/Amy Johnson Festival Ltd

As part of the launch of the Amy Johnson Festival, which starts on Saturday 2nd July, A Moth For Amy will see 59 giant multi-coloured moths installed on walls and buildings across the city and in other locations in the UK. The 1.5m-wide sculptures, created by local sculptor Saffron Waghorn, have been painted by artists in designs relating to Amy Johnson's story.  

The Green Port Growth Programme is one of many organisations and businesses who have sponsored the moths.

Tim Rix, Chairman of the Green Port Growth Programme, commented:

“The Green Port Growth Programme may be focused on creating a brighter future for businesses in our region, but we are also incredibly proud of our heritage and arts scene, which is why we are delighted to be involved in the Amy Johnson Festival. Our Green Port Hull moth design was chosen as it showcases our strong engineering roots. We look forward to seeing the rest of the designs unveiled.”

A Moth for Amy project director, Clare Huby, is confident the project will capture people’s imaginations both locally and nationally in a similar way to the hugely successful Larkin Toads.

She said: “A huge amount of planning and preparation has gone into a Moth for Amy and the team are incredibly excited to see their months of hard work finally come together this week.

“Not only does this showcase the talent of some of Hull and East Yorkshire’s fantastic artists, it also creates a huge sense of excitement in the city. We’ve already seen a large number of moth hunters determined to see every moth on the trail.

“The response from businesses to sponsor the moths is absolutely fantastic and now the sponsors will see their moths go live to the public until next year.”

People will be able to follow the moth trail using a map, which is available to pick up at various locations across the city, as well as an app, which is available for download later this year.

Clare continued:

“We’re delighted that the moths will be able to be viewed until March 31st 2017, which covers the first part of the City of Culture year. We’ve already seen interest from overseas regarding the moths as well, so it is fantastic that they will be part of the City of Culture celebrations as well, as tourists arrive from across the world to visit Hull.”

There will also be moths installed in Herne Bay, Kent, close to where Amy died, along with Croydon Airport and the Science Museum in London, next to her Gypsy Moth bi-plane, Jason.

To find out more about the Amy Johnson Festival, visit