Although the Banksy which appeared in Hull recently has been the one making the headlines. An altogether grander piece of street art has gradually been evolving inside the stadium of Hull Kingston Rovers, Craven Park.
By the Nomad Clan, the duo have a reputation for painting large scale historical homages to the area they are painting in. The mural inside the stadium covers the entire length of the Roger Millward Stand and pays homage to the fishing heritage of Hull.
The Nomad Clan
We’ve covered the work of the Nomad Clan a number of times here on Inspiring City. They recently painted the largest mural in the UK overlooking Leeds train station and before that, a memorial to the mill workers of the same city. Both large scale and, as with all their murals, really impressive.
According to the Clan’s instagram page “we attempted to absorb some of Hull’s rich history and heritage, but alas you would need months to take it all on board! This is our dedication to the docks of Hull and of course it’s maritime legacy.”
Unveiled on the first day of the new rugby super league season as the Rovers played Wakefield Trinity. We managed to sneak in just beforehand to get some pictures of the mural just as soon as it had been completed. It’s pretty big so a picture of the whole thing is fairly tricky but it’s quite a piece.
Running from left to right along the bottom of the Roger Millward stand, it first shows a wizened old man looking out to a choppy sea on which a fisherman’s boat is crashing through the waves. On the bow of the trawler, the three crowns crest of the City of Kingston Upon Hull can be seen as it emerges first from the crashing sea.
Next up a giant whale approaches, a nod to the whaling fleets which would have departed from the Humber. The giant Moby Dick-esque whale is wearing a golden crown, the symbol of the Nomad Clan which can be seen on much of their work. Giant waves crash behind as the whale glides through the sea.
A woman holding some form of fishing net and a young boy come next. They look out onto a calmer sea, perhaps the estuary, to another boat which could be returning home. On the bow of this boat, a scratched upturned bird, a nod to the famous Dead Bod graffiti which many fisherman marked as a marker on the shore to symbolise home.
Supported by the Art of Protest gallery in York, being inside the stadium it can of course only be seen in person by fans of the rugby league team. Fear not though, most of those games are televised so if you wanted to catch a glimpse, you probably wouldn’t need to travel that far to do it.
The Nomad Clan mural in Craven Park was visited on 1 February 2018 and all photographs were taken on the same day. The mural was unveiled as part of the opening season celebrations at Hull Kingston Rovers.
Nomad Clan Gallery