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Rainbow-friargate by artists Hsiao-Chi & Kimiya Yoshikawa
Rainbow-friargate by artists Hsiao-Chi & Kimiya Yoshikawa
09 February, 2011

Friday 25th February will see three unusual large-scale dynamic sculptures titled ‘Rainbow-Friargate’ arrive on Whitefriargate’s streetscape, inspired by the seaport character of Hull.

Artists Hsiao-Chi Tsai & Kimiya Yoshikawa will be the final artists to transform Whitefriargate’s streetscape as part of the ‘Arts in Empty Spaces’ scheme that has seen three high-profile artists illuminate the historic street.

Tsai & Yoshikawa said:

“Our style of work will transform the windows of eight empty shop units imaginatively whilst engaging with the surrounding environment, to bring continued vibrancy and a cheerful atmosphere to the Whitefriargate Street. We are very excited about using UV paints, which will add an exciting element in that the artwork will transform its appearance from day to night. You will surprisingly find the work unveiling its hidden colours and glowing vividly in the dark!”

Rick Welton, Member for Newington Ward and Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Housing Strategy said:

"This project has seen Whitefriargate become illuminated through banners, light boxes, projections and now luminous sculptures. These public artworks make this important shopping street more attractive to visitors with renewed vibrancy and interest. It all goes to show how artists, not just architects, can have a role in shaping our city and the way we experience it. I'm looking forward to seeing Tsai & Yoshikawa's exciting installation."

The project has been commissioned by Hull City Council and Arts Council England, and project managed by Arc, to celebrate and animate this very special part of the city and forms part of a wider programme of activity aimed at encouraging interest in the Trinity Quarter area of Hull.