At the moment there is no place like Hull for excitement…

At the moment there is no place like Hull for excitement…

As the city centre bids farewell to the stunning installation that was The Blade, we welcome more art in the form of the incredible, moving and poignant installation that is the Weeping Window.

A cascade of thousands of brilliant red hand-made ceramic poppies can be seen pouring from a window high up on the Maritime Museum, to the ground below, inviting viewers to consider the huge sacrifices made by British and Colonial soldiers during the First World War. Hull becomes the latest city become home to the sculptural installation by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper as audiences are asked to consider, discuss and reflect upon the legacy of the First World War and indeed, subsequent wars.

The piece will be in place until 14th May and makes an impressive, and thought provoking addition to the ever-developing city centre. A city centre that has this week seen the first tests of the impressive new ornamental fountains situated in Queen Victoria Square. With Holy Trinity Square’s impressive mirror pools also due for completion in the next few weeks and the new paving, seating and lighting around the city transforming the once tired face of Hull City Centre, it’s fair to say that things are looking good. These new additions, as well as creating some visually stunning features, also inject a little fun into the streets, which is a welcome site as the new-look city begins to take shape.

For several years now, I like many others have driven into Hull or hopped on the train before walking through familiar streets that have, if we’re honest, felt tired and worn out. Today though, large areas of the city actually feel alive for the first time in a long time. As the first rays of sun managed to sneak through this week, walking down Jameson Street, around Queens Gardens, across Queen Victoria Square and over to the Fruit Market was a really pleasant experience. There are some great new businesses popping up and people are celebrating the fact that they are in Hull, and rightfully so. Yes, there is still work ongoing, but it’s a clear sign that things are progressing.

As much of my time is spent travelling around the country to various cities, I’m lucky to be able to take in art and culture in a lot of different places. I can now honestly say that there is no place in the UK that I know of with as much excitement, as much hunger and as much anticipation of what is around the corner as Hull does right now.