A Winter's Trail
Commissioned by Liverpool City Council for their Year of the Environment, Go Penguins is the signature event of the city's festive programme, A Winter's Trail. Many of the penguins have something to say about climate change, others are just plain fun. There are 145 Five Foot high penguins spread around Liverpool City Centre, on the Wirral and also in St Helens. There are also a number of Three Foot high penguins, mainly designed and painted by schools in the area.Each Penguin has a name and a Sponsor, as you wander around the city you see many people with trail maps marking off the ones they have spotted. They are in the open, in shops and shopping centres and other public places.
- In the centre is Georgina on the empty plinth on St Georges Plateau, sponsored by 2020 Liverpool, she represents a vision of Liverpool as it is today, reflected in glimpses of twenty landmarks from around the city
- Top left is I Am The Walrus, sponsored by the North West Development Agency and the design is based upon the Beatles song of that name.
- Top right is the Cheshire Cat, again sponsored by the North West Development Agency, This enigmatic creation was inspired by the tales of Alice Through the Looking Glass, and represents the Cheshire region.
- Bottom left Mr Sgraffito is sponsored by the Bluecoats Chambers and is Part of Shine at the Bluecoat. This design was inspired by the work of Julia Carter Preston who exhibited at the Bluecoat for almost 50 years.
- Bottom right and Barnacle Blackbeak is the result of a competition held by the Liverpool Empire Theatre to celebrate the run of its 2009 Christmas Panto - Peter Pan.
The Penguins will be around until the 20th January 2010 and look to be as successful as the Superlambananas were last year.
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