‘Dead Bod’ preserved for future generations to enjoy

August 27, 2015

Left: Dead Bod in his original location before being removed for preservation. (Image courtesy of ABP/David Lee Photography Ltd)

Dead Bod, an iconic piece of Hull folk art, has been painstakingly taken down and is now safely resting on solid ground, ready for the next stage of its public life.

The image, which was painted on one of the sheds earmarked for demolition as part of the new Siemens development at the Port of Hull’s Alexandra Dock, has been used as a navigation aid and landmark by mariners since it was first painted in 1960.

As the works on Green Port Hull advance, there was an increased risk of damage to the mural, so it was carefully taken down.

Dead Bod is now being looked after by ABP staff in a secure storage facility, where he will be carefully preserved until his final ‘roosting’ place is decided.

Port Manager for Hull and Goole, Mark Frith, said: “We are delighted that Dead Bod has been safely secured and is now out of harm’s way, ready for the people of the city to enjoy soon.”

Dead Bod’s future will be decided by a committee of local people based on suggestions from local residents and interested parties.

Any ideas or suggestions regarding Dead Bod’s future home should be sent to hull@abports.co.uk or tweeted to @ABPHumber using #savedeadbod