We provided the prestigious foundry Pangolin Editions materials to create the wonderful sculpture of poet Philip Larkin. The photo by Jim Orwin shows the sculpture of Philip Larkin standing at 2.1m high. The dark green bronze statue, which portrays the poet in motion with a manuscript tucked under his arm and clutching a trilby hat whilst rushing for the train, stands seven feet tall on the concourse of the city’s railway station.
Sculpted by artist Martin Jennings, who also created the statue of Philip Larkin’s friend John Betjemen for St Pancras station in London, spent almost a year working on the project.
“It’s lovely to be doing something that is a tribute to a man I admire enormously. Larkin was a genius and a wonderful poet.”
Jennings, who also gave a speech at the unveiling event, had never met the Philip Larkin. His image of the poet was based on numerous research including photographs and an episode of the BBC arts documentary, Monitor, shown in 1964 in which Betjemen interviews Larkin in Hull.
“I think the Larkin society has done so well to commission this statue and the fact that it is such a beautiful statue, beautifully placed between the Royal Station Hotel and the platforms just fills me with pride for the city.”
More than £80,000 was raised for the statue from business, public and individual donations including Maureen Lipman and Tom Courtenay, who also helped with the project’s fundraising.