Cormorant Boat sculpture finds new home

The Cormorant Boat sculpture will be officially rededicated this Friday in a ceremony at its new home at Hull Marina Pier.

The sculpture had been in storage before undergoing a full refurbishment thanks to local company Point Engineering. It has been put onto a new plinth by Geo. Houlton & Sons Ltd, together with support from Myton Ward Councillors in the Riverside Area.

The Cormorant Boat was originally commissioned 30 years ago as part of a national competition sponsored by the then Lincolnshire and Humberside Arts and local insurance company, Rixson Matthews Appleyard.

It was the winner of the 1987 Hull Open Sculpture competition and the commission itself went on to win the Daily Telegraph Award for Best Commission of New Art in Any Medium for that year.

Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Myton Ward Councillor Martin Mancey said:

“The Cormorant Boat has been a part of the marina for many years and it was only right that we made sure the sculpture was refurbished with a new home to reflect the newly regenerated area around it at the Fruit Market.

“I would like to thank to Point Engineering and Houlton for their amazing work to refurbish the sculpture and install a new plinth and to Kate Siddle for working with the council throughout the refurbishment process.”

Artist and creator of Cormorant Boat Kate Siddle said:

“I am delighted to see Cormorant Boat back on the marina and in a prominent new home on the Pier.

“The actual inspiration for the sculpture came from my experience of living near to the sea and its abstract form was designed to evoke that experience.  Its form is suggestive of boats, seabirds, of fish, whales and waves all of which resonate with life lived on the east coast and very specific to Hull.

“The choice of an industrial material, steel, links it to Hulls former shipbuilding industry and it was, in part, fabricated at one of the remaining dry docks in Hull at that time.”

The sculpture will be re-dedicated at a short ceremony at the Pier at 12noon on Friday (28 July).