The 1984 Liverpool International Garden Festival saw many artists providing public works of art for display at the festival site. Amongst them was the Sitting Bull by the Indian artist Dhurva Mistry (apparently he was also responsible for statues in Birmingham's Victoria Square as well.)
The bull represents Nandi awaiting the Indian god Shiva's arrival in Liverpool. Nandi is the bull that Shiva rides and is also seen as the gatekeeper to Shiva's temples.
After the garden festival closed the site was left to decay and many of the works of art were dispersed to other places. Sitting Bull was eventually resited on Otterspool Promenade in South Liverpool on the north bank of the Mersey.
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