Turbine blade set to be Hull city staple

Turbine blade set to be Hull city staple

A new, permanent location has been proposed for a Siemens Gamesa wind turbine blade that became a public sensation when it was installed in the centre of the UK City of Culture.

A planning application has been submitted to locate the 75m blade in a prominent position at the entrance to the Siemens Gamesa site in Hull, UK.

Approval for the plans would mean members of the public will once again be able to see the impressive feat of engineering that became one of the highlights of Hull’s continuing year as the UK’s cultural capital.

The blade was one of the first manufactured at the Siemens Gamesa factory at Alexandra Dock in Hull, which opened in December 2016.

In January multi-media artist Nayan Kulkarni transformed the 28-tonnes structure into a jaw-dropping monumental sculpture, “Blade”, installed across Queen Victoria Square in the heart of Hull as one of the highlights of Hull UK City of Culture 2017’s “Made in Hull” opening season.

The blade was transported three and a half miles from the factory under the cover of darkness for the surprise installation – the first time such a huge industrial structure had been manoeuvred into a city centre to be displayed as a temporary work of art.

During the 10 weeks in which it dominated the city centre, the installation was seen by 1.1m people, including more than 420,000 people who interacted with it.

Blade made headlines around the world and was a huge social media hit, with residents and visitors to the city posting thousands of pictures and selfies.

The blade was returned to Siemens Gamesa’s Hull site while plans were considered for its future use. Now the proposed new location has been revealed.

Councillor Martin Mancey, Hull City Council Portfolio Holder for Economic Investment, Regeneration and Planning, said: “Siemens’ decision to build the blade factory in Hull marked the commencement of the transformation of the city’s economy and the image and reputation of Hull as The Energy City – a great place to live, work and invest.

“This turbine blade is a symbol of the importance of Siemens’ presence in the city and will also be a reminder of the remarkable success of City of Culture 2017.”