50 – De Havilland’s Magical Moths

moth50face- De Havilland's Magical Moths

Artist: Liz Dorton & Pupils from St Nicholas Primary School

 Sponsor: Wykeland Group

Location: Armstrong House, Flemingate, HU17 0NQ

About the Design:
Geoffrey de Havilland designed Amy Johnson’s aeroplanes, and was a moth collector extraordinaire. His fabulous moths inspired artist Liz Dorton, pupils and their teachers from Beverley St Nicholas Primary School.

Together they explored De Havilland’s aircraft, his beloved moths and elements of art deco design – popular during Amy’s flying years. Using art deco shapes like zig zags; arches; concentric circles; stripes; diamonds and repetitions, the children morphed their favourite moths into deco-inspired delights.

Their Magical Moth designs were transferred onto the big moth sculpture – the children brought them to life with colour and shining glints of gold and silver.

About the Artist:
Liz Dorton is a Hull-based artist and puppeteer focusing on sculpture, giant lanterns, theatrical costume and visual arts theatre. Her works draws from local history, issues and events. Liz loves to adapt and transform natural and waste materials, and likes anything that can be made to move! She has over 30 years experience of facilitating training, workshops and performance with people of all ages in the community and Health and Education services.

About the Sponsor:
Wykeland is an established property development company which has delivered over 10.5 million sq ft of commercial space across England and Scotland in its 45-year history.

Locally, the company has worked to deliver popular retail and leisure developments, including Kingston Retail Park and the new Flemingate shopping area in Beverley. The iconic C4Di building located on Hull Marina is also part of the company’s growing portfolio