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Puffins Galore around East Yorkshire

A public art event which puts puffins at the heart of stories of conservation, global warming and green energy has taken flight, with the installation of the sculptures, including one in the Wolds Weekly area, as part of a trail that is now underway and stretches along the East Yorkshire coast.

Aptly, the organisers of Puffins Galore! placed the first sculpture at RSPB Bempton, the home of almost half a million seabirds which cram onto the cliffs every year.

From there, further puffins were installed in Flamborough, Sewerby, Bridlington, as well as at Mr Moo’s Ice Cream Parlour on Hornsea Road in Skipsea.

The name of the puffin, also sponsored by Mr Moo’s is Clue-Ella Puffinella and has been created by artist Michela Goodale-Truelove.

Other puffins are based in coastal locations such as Hornsea, Withernsea and Spurn Point, along with inland sites in Patrington, Hull, Beverley and Cottingham.

With all 42 puffins in place, the Puffins Galore! website went live last Saturday, officially launching the trail with details of every location and pictures of each design.

Artists submitted over 150 designs in response to a brief setting out three core themes of endangered wildlife of the coasts and seas, the global warming crisis and the growth of green energy, and people and stories of the East Yorkshire coast.

Saffron Waghorn, who lives in Skipsea, designed and painted Migration The Dance of Life, which has been placed next to the café at Flamborough’s North Landing.

She also worked with students at East Riding College in Bridlington on Protect Our Mother Earth.

“Mine is about the birds that migrate, such as swifts and swallows and highlights how hard their life is and their journey to reproduce and survive,” said Saffron.

“But it’s not just puffins, it’s all sorts of creatures that are up against global warming.

“If I wasn’t an artist, I would be doing something around conservation, maybe breeding whooping cranes.

“I am all about wildlife and alternative energy. I live my life in an environmentally friendly way.

“I think this is the best project of its kind so far. The painting is phenomenal and the designs are out of this world.

“They really are fantastic and everybody has excelled themselves. There are artists who previously worked on the toads and the moths and who have built up their skills.

“You can see how they have grown through their careers and there is a lot of passion because of the themes.

“I worked with five students at East Riding College. It took them a while to get into the idea of what was needed, what we were trying to achieve, but once the puffins arrived, they were getting the paint out and I think they have addressed some of the very important issues behind the project.”

Sponsors and partners include businesses and other organisations from across East Yorkshire.

J R Rix & Sons is a sixth-generation family business with its roots firmly in East Yorkshire and it has sponsored two puffins in the name of its companies Victory Leisure Homes and Lagoon Hull.

East Riding College, where dozens of students from Driffield and the Wolds attend, was heavily involved in the project.

David Millington and Liam Heads of Strata Holdings lifting Skipsea artist Saffron Waghorn’s puffin into place at North Landing.

“East Riding College is delighted to be involved in the Puffins Galore! Project,” said Tracey Murray, head of curriculum for creative arts and digital skills at East Riding College.

“It has been a unique opportunity for our art students to get involved in a community installation that has kicked off their careers as professional artists.”

Rick Welton, co-director of Puffins Galore! added: “Seeing our puffins settling into their new homes is the reward for months of hard work by so many people involved in the project and we are immensely grateful to all of them.

“There’s the factory in Poland where a lot of the manufacturing had to stop because some of the workers are from Ukraine, the artists across the region who came up with some wonderful designs and fantastic paintwork, the sponsors who have supported the project in such difficult times and the delivery teams who have covered hundreds of miles dropping off plinths and puffins.”

Rick and Puffins Galore! Project manager and co-director Clare Huby were both previously involved in the successful Larkin with Toads in 2010 and A Moth for Amy in 2016.

Investment and support for the project was provided by key partner Yorkshire Coast BID and partner Visit East Yorkshire, with the aim of raising the area’s profile as a tourist destination.

The puffins will remain in place until the end of October before being sold to their sponsors or at a grand charity auction which will raise funds for Hornsea Inshore Rescue, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, RNLI and the RSPB.

“I am delighted that Visit East Yorkshire is a project partner in this exciting Puffins Galore initiative, celebrating an iconic feature of the East Yorkshire coast, and helping to boost tourism still further,” said East Wolds and Coast Councillor Jane Evison, East Riding of Yorkshire Council portfolio holder for economic growth and tourism.

“This is a great idea and these giant puffins add a whole new dimension to a trip to our wonderful resorts and attractions.

“I feel sure they will bring many visitors to the area.”

To find out more about Puffins Galore!, visit puffinsgalore.co.uk

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