Beverley’s Moth and Toad

On your visit to Beverley Racecourse you might be forgiven for thinking your eyes are deceiving you, with giant toads and moths adorning the racecourse grounds. Find out more about our unusual installations below.

A Moth For Amy

Our newest installation, 2016 sees a six foot moth appear on the side of the racecourse as part of the 2016 Amy Johnson Festival, marking 100 years since the Hull flying herione's disappearance and shedding new light on her astonishing achievements. The moth is one of many produced by local artists and appearing all across Hull, the East Riding and cities on Amy's route to Australia. 

Beverley claimed the Pegasus Moth, designed by Saffron Waghorn, a local stone sculptorAmy used to sometimes affectionately call her Gypsy moth plane “Pegasus”. The winged horse who traversed the heavens was born of Medusa’s blood which fell into the sea and only tamed by a golden bridle. This moth tells the story of Amy setting out from her homeland, the Yorkshire landscape behind and fearlessly flying across the sea to accomplish her goal.

The Larkin Toad

The Larkin Toad project was a direct inspiration for 'A Moth For Amy' and our own piece of Hull culture has kept watch over one of the entrances to the course for some 6 years now. 

Larkin with Toads, Hull’s largest ever public art project, took place during the summer of 2010. For three months, from 21st July to 25th September, the city streets were populated with 40 giant, colourful, artist-decorated Toad sculptures, forming a trail around Hull and the surrounding area.

Following the event, the toads were auctioned off to local businesses, and we were the proud puchasers of 'The Neat Toad'.