A Moth for Amy is the flagship event of the Amy Johnson Festival, a celebration which marks the 75th anniversary of the Hull born aviation pioneers tragic death. Official engineering partners, The Strata Group, via group company Pearlgreen Engineering, have already been heavily involved in providing engineering design and production for bracketry used within the prototype moth. In addition fellow Strata company Sovereign Signs have been tasked with the final high level installation of the moths.
Local sculptor, Saffron Waghorn, originally created and refined the moth from clay which was then taken to Hull company, Ideal Standard for their specialist fiberglass teams to develop a large scale mould of the design. This prototype was recently showcased at the official unveiling of A Moth for Amy, which took place on the morning of 26th of November and was hosted by 1884 Dock Street Kitchen.
The moths are to be decorated and fitted to significant buildings across Hull and the local area. The event , taking place over the summer of 2016, hopes to also see moths placed at landing sites visited by the intrepid heroine on her long flight from Hull to Australia.
Local artists and businesses are being invited to provide decorative designs for the moths and given the opportunity to sponsor a moth. The Strata Group will be working closely with event organisers, Rick Welton and Clare Huby, to make sure every moth is securely fitted for all to see during the festival. The closing of the festival will see the moths auctioned off for charity.
The Strata Group are no strangers to engineering challenges and public artwork, having recently manufactured and erected the floating 3 metre Hull2017 City of Culture branding in Queens Gardens Pond, Hull.
Event Organizer Rick Welton said “ We chose to work with The Strata Group to help with the type of production and engineering issues that come with wanting to attach giant moths onto many different building types. We have faith in The Strata Group’s vast experience and expert skills.”
The Strata Group and Neill & Brown have been tasked with delivering and installing the moths wherever in the world they may be required.
This festival of engineering and arts will celebrate Amy Johnson’s amazing achievements in a number of different ways. A Moth for Amy, will see investment, collaboration and involvement of many local brands and will provide a great showcase for Hulls business community.