Hull Goes Arty With Non-Functioning Turbine Blade Installation

By Gary Cutlack on at

Hull is the UK City of Culture for the year 2017, somehow, and it's celebrating this national victory by installing a massive new piece of public art -- a wind turbine. Part of a wind turbine. One blade. But a very big one.

The artwork, which probably says something clever about the environment, has been installed in the city's Queen Victoria Square, which now hosts a 75m wind turbine blade. The Hull Daily Mail has been live blogging the weekend's installation, which saw some gigantic cranes lift the blade into its position right across the entire square, where it now sits on a couple of tripods.

As well as being art that says almost certainly something about something, it's also a slight advertisement for a local manufacturer. It was supplied by Siemens, which shipped it to the city centre from its new turbine factory at the nearby Alexandra Dock.

And it's already fulfilled part of its art/culture/dialogue remit  by giving locals something to photograph and talk about on the internet:

So, job done. Well done the art world. We shall certainly be thinking about the environment etc more than usual for the rest of the day.

Image credit: JJ Tatten/Twitter

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