This fine looking bronze statue (well it was fine looking when it was installed) is of Philip Larkin, a local poet and librarian, and was unveiled in 2010. It stands 2.1 metres tall and the project was supported by the Philip Larkin Society.
Unfortunately, the statue has been vandalised (the glasses were bent out of shape by a drunk swinging off them and now an arm has been damaged, I assume in the same way) and this is the current reality of it. It’s really not quite the impressive representation of Larkin that was intended, nor does it look particularly welcoming to see it barricaded off like this. The local press said that TransPennine Express and Hull City Council have both denied being responsible for the statue, so I imagine it’ll look like this for some time to come.