New artworks set to bring Hull's maritime history to life

As part of the new displays a 110-year-old whale skeleton will be reanimated Credit: Hull City Council

New pieces of artwork are being created to celebrate Hull's maritime history.

As part of the Hull Maritime project, artists are creating a visualisation of Hull Maritime Museum’s popular 40ft North Atlantic Right Whale skeleton.

Contemporary British artists, Heinrich and Palmer, have used 3D laser scanning technology to capture data from the skeleton, which they will use alongside additional scans from other items in the museum's collection to create two new works.

These will include a digital film, reanimating the 110-year-old skeleton, which will go on display inside the newly refurbished Hull Maritime Museum.

The second display will feature a series of stone waymarkers connecting the routes leading from the museum, through Queens Gardens and on to the North End Ship Yard and the Spurn Lightship.

The exhibit hopes to raise awareness of the challenges facing north Atlantic right whales Credit: Hull City Council

With only an estimated 400 north Atlantic right whales left in the world, the exhibit hopes to raise awareness of conservation challenges facing the species.

The artworks are the first to be commissioned as part of Hull City Council's multi-million pound investment to bring the city’s rich and powerful maritime story to life.

Councillor Daren Hale, from Hull City Council said:

“This is a unique and rare opportunity to create artwork to tell the city’s rich maritime story.

Councillor Daren Hale, Hull City Council

As part of the project, other artists have also been commissioned to develop new artwork, films and installations.