The 1st of July officially marked the launch of “A Moth for Amy”, a flagship event of the Amy Johnson festival. Official engineering partners The Strata Group, a Hull based design, manufacturing and engineering group, worked alongside Amy Johnson festival Director, Rick Welton, Project Manager, Clare Huby and artist Saffron Waghorn over the past months to help execute the ambitious project.
A Moth for Amy is a mass engagement, public art project that has seen 59 moth sculptures go up in Hull, the East Riding and beyond. The project was inspired by Hull’s intrepid female pilot and engineer Amy Johnson and her De Havilland Gypsy moth biplane, also known as Jason.
In the months leading up to the launch The Strata Groups, Pearlgreen Engineering designed a bespoke bracketing system that could be incorporated within the moth castings and used to fit the giant moth sculptures onto the vast selection of chosen venues. It took the four teams of 2 installers from Ark Interiors and Sovereign Signs over 100 hours of work to prepare, mount and test 54 of the 59 installations. The additional four moths were despatched to Croydon Airport, Herne Bay, The Science Museum, London and Sheffield University being locations which hold either special relevance to Amy’s life or archive.
From the first install the moths attracted a lot of attention from the public. Rob Netherton Installer from Sovereign Signs said “ The first moth to go up was, Air Mail moth, sponsored by Rollits solicitors, we installed it to the front of their building, Citadel House. It attracted attention straight away and this carried on throughout the three days of installation work. It was a great project to be involved in as the reaction from the public was so immediately positive. I’m glad me and the rest of the team could be a part of it. ”
A Moth for Amy Project Manager, Clare Huby 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. From start to finish the generosity of time and the quality of workmanship from Graham, Tony, Ian and their teams at Strata has been exceptional. We’ve already seen a large number of ‘moth hunters’ determined to see every moth on the trail.”
As well as installing all of the moths The Strata Group also designed a moth of their own. The ‘Strata Moth’ was designed by chairman of the Strata Group, Graham Fisher, further developed by Ark designer Michael Spencer, and painted by local graffiti artist ::Si2::. The moth now sits proudly outside Strata House and is one of three months down Hawthorne Avenue.