If you've been in the city centre today you might have spotted that there is something a little strange going on at the Maritime Museum.
There have been rumblings for days of something dark lurking in the depths on social media and now all has been revealed as "the Kraken" has been released.
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The installation is the first major event in the build up to the Hull: Yorkshire's Maritime City Project which plans to celebrate the seafaring history of the city and help the preservation of four key sites and two historic ships.
The project will be focused around The Maritime Museum, the Spurn Lightship, the Dock Chambers Office, The Arctic Corsair, The North End Shipyard and Queens Gardens.
Last month the Hull Maritime Foundation, an independent charity, announced they had secured £1m in its fundraising efforts to achieve a £2.6m target.
The funding is being used to support the delivery of plans to celebrate and preserve the key sites in Hull, as well as deliver a vast activity plan that includes training and learning opportunities, and an array of community and family activities over the coming years.
The latest funding success includes £12,000 from the Sir James Reckitt Charity which will support the delivery of a school outreach programme to raise awareness of Hull’s rich maritime history with young people across the city.
Councillor Daren Hale, leader of Hull City Council, said: “We very much appreciate the support we have received so far, and this £1m landmark is a great achievement especially during a global pandemic.
“We are keen to hear from people or organisations who can help us seize this incredible opportunity to create something truly special for our city, residents, the maritime community and future generations.
“Work is ongoing and we’re working tirelessly to achieve the remaining £1.6m needed to make our dreams become a reality.”
The Kraken which has "awoken" inside The Maritime Museum is the first of a series major events in the build up to the delivery of the Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City project.
The company behind the display, Designs in Air, have been commissioned to create the largest city-wide tentacle installation and it’s the first time one of their Krakens has taken over a ship.
Designs in Air have delivered art sculptures all over the world with past installations in Lisbon, China, Berlin – Germany, Australia, and Hong Kongas well as featuring at many major events and exhibitions around the world including the 2012 Olympics, the Eden project, Glastonbury Festival and for Cirque du Soleil
The project, funded by Hull City Council and The National Lottery Heritage Fund, has already gained the backing of a number of leading companies, charitable trusts and foundations.
David Renwick, north of England director at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Investing in heritage means investing in the communities it belongs to.
"We are proud to support the Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City project, aiming to conserve and celebrate the city’s key maritime heritage and bring it to life to contribute to the ongoing cultural renaissance of Hull, all thanks to National Lottery players.
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“It’s amazing to hear that the £1m funding milestone has been achieved and we wish the Project the best of luck reaching its overall target.
"The Project funding will allow Hull Maritime to build on the city’s incredible legacy and sense of pride, saving Hull’s maritime heritage and ensuring the communities and places which were shaped by the city’s connection with the sea are at the heart of securing its future.
"The work on this heritage will also play a significant role in helping boost the local economy and the wider regeneration of Hull.”