The special event – Dominoes – went ahead thanks to MKM Building Supplies as well as the help of 450 volunteers. 3.5 kilometres worth of autoclaved aerated concrete blocks sequentially toppled through marinas, shops, gardens and public squares in Hull.
From the first ‘domino’ at the Hull Marina’s Boat Yard at 4:30PM, it took over 60 minutes for the chain reaction to complete itself, with final block falling at Queens Gardens. All of these ‘dominoes’ were provided by Hull-headquartered MKM, free-of-charge.
The event was organised by Absolutely Cultured – the team behind the hugely successful 2017 City of Culture campaign – to ‘transform the rhythm of Hull for one special day’.
Each ‘domino’ was a Ytong Standard Autoclaved Aerated Block, with dimensions of 600x100x200mm. Aerated autoclaved is a type of concrete that is particularly lightweight – one fifth of the mass of a normal concrete block of the same size.
With the event now complete, all the blocks will be donated to local community initiatives and charities across the Hull area. This includes Rooted in Hull, Recycling Unlimited and Environmental & Management
David Kilburn, Executive Chairman of MKM Building Supplies, commented: “Having been involved with the UK City of Culture and Visit Hull, MKM is delighted to extend its support to another fantastic event – Dominoes. This project gives those in the Hull area a special, shared experience – an unforgettable spectacle to marvel at and cherish. Dominoes also places Hull – the city where MKM was founded – on the map for mind-blowing ambition.”
Katy Fuller, Creative Director and CEO of Absolutely Cultured, said: “Support from companies like MKM enables us to continue our work to embed arts and culture into the fabric of Hull.
“During 2017 – Hull’s year as City of Culture – local, regional and national businesses were critical to the delivery of a successful year, which brought huge benefits to the city. It’s enormously gratifying that MKM is continuing to support the legacy of City of Culture.