HSAD makes last gasp blast for Hull’s City of Culture status

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Hull, UK, Wednesday 20 November 2013: Students at Hull School of Art & Design are hoping to begin Hull’s prospective City of Culture status in explosive fashion.

Students will work through the night on Tuesday 19 November to install a guerrilla-art inspired Culture Bomb on the roof of Adelphi Club in De Grey Street, Hull.

The Bomb’s design has been inspired by Victorian style machinery comprising an array of materials including brass, timber, brushed steel with a steam punk theme positioning it in a period of time to imitate the idea that it’s always been there. Culture has always been in Hull, it hasn’t just landed, it’s always been here and it’s about to explode.

Measuring an impressive 4 metre diameter and 6 metres in length, it will take a team of at least 10 students approximately 12 hours to assemble. It is located on a building in Hull that’s part of Hull’s cultural history, the Adelphi Club, who will have its 30th birthday next year.

The installation will then be unveiled to coincide with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s announcement of who has been the successful city.
Second year architecture student, Joe Omer, who helped design and construct the installation, commented:
“We really wanted this project to be a reflection of the city’s character and charm, this wasn’t about applying for arts funding, and it was about embracing the local community to get involved in making their own art installations.
“The idea behind the design is that the aesthetic demonstrates Hull’s rich cultural heritage and the bomb shows how culture is about to really explode across the city.
“If Hull is named City of Culture it will be fantastic for the area but it’s the people, not the bid, that really brings culture to the area.”

Jackie Goodman, Associate Dean at Hull School of Art & Design commented: “This is an excellent demonstration of students from all over the country recognising the vibrant and diverse offerings Hull has and getting together to endorse the city’s bid. A shining beacon of culture in Hull.

Materials for the project were donated by Made in Hull, a group of Hull-based independent artists.