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21st October 2020

Hull College has teamed up with Rights: Community: Action to help launch The Shorelines Project and raise awareness of the risks of climate change and rising sea levels for the city of Hull.

A community-led art project, The Shorelines Project will see giant murals pop up across the city over the next 12-18 months - the first of which has been completed on the side of the College’s Wilberforce Building. The impressive, eye-catching piece of art, which took local artists Calvin Innes and Andy Pea just six days to complete, faces out onto George Street - one of the busiest roads in Hull - and stands at an impressive 15 metres tall.

Named ‘The Girl’, the piece has been designed to illustrate the struggle of life underwater, featuring Hull’s iconic Minster as the backdrop. The girl, who is young but deliberately ageless, sits cross-legged over a collection of crudely sketched illustrations of people trapped in flood water, in boats, wading through flooded areas.

Toys, coloured pencils and other small items float around the girl, depicting a childhood potentially lost to the flood waters. The look on the girl's face is deliberately designed in the same way the Mona Lisa’s smile works - a look Italians describe as ‘sfumato’, which means blurry, ambiguous and up to the imagination.

The piece, which has been described as ‘haunting’ and ‘emotive’, is intended to make some people feel slightly uncomfortable, others hopeful, and to instigate discussion about climate change, flooding and how it will affect future generations.

The Shoreline Project hopes to empower the city of Hull and its residents to be better informed, educated and prepared for climate change and its impacts.

To find out more about the project, its murals and how you can get involved, visit www.theshorelinesproject.com.

You can also follow The Shorelines Project on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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