Iconic Lunch Atop A Skyscraper photograph recreated at Hull New Theatre

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 10 Mar 2017

It is an iconic photograph that has been seen by thousands around the world.

A row of construction workers precariously perched along a steel beam overlooking New York while eating their lunch is used as the symbol of American industrialisation.

And now, as the city undergoes its biggest transformation in history, Lunch Atop A Skyscraper has been recreated in Hull - although with slightly more awareness of health and safety.

Sewell Group, the firm behind the £16m refurbishment of Hull New Theatre was asked to take a team picture as part of a series of creative challenges the company is setting colleagues throughout this year.

With the stage at the theatre now taking shape, it provided workers the perfect opportunity to make their own version of the well-known image.

A spokesman for Hull New Theatre said: "Hull New Theatre is an historically important creative space and working on its refurbishment looks to have inspired the team at Sewell to come-up with this fantastic photograph.

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"They look very comfortable on the stage so perhaps a career in show business beckons once work is complete."

The team of ten took the chance to be snapped taking a break after the stage infrastructure was put in place and concrete was cast to make the surface.

They even tried to faithfully pose in the manner of the classic black and white image taken during the building of the Rockefeller Centre in 1932.

The group's efforts ensured they were the winners of that week's Sewell Group challenge against competition from a wide range of departments across the company, including finance, facilities management and 'onthego' convenience stores and forecourts.

Work on the Hull New Theatre site is continuing and remains on schedule for the theatre to re-open in September, with the first shows to be performed including a new play by renowned playwright John Godberto world-class opera, drama and dance.

More than 5,000 tickets have already been booked one week after going on sale with many bought via the venue's new website www.hulltheatres.co.uk.

Amazing time-lapse video shows Hull New Theatre transformation:

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