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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.

The Penguins will be around until the 20th January 2010 and look to be as successful as the Superlambananas were last year.


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.


comments (10)

  • zed
  • Australia
  • 4 Dec 2009, 07:05
man o man they put a lot of work into them Les
Les Auld: They did indeed Zed, thanks for the comment.
These are great bits of art Les ... better than the series of lambs from yester-year.

richard
Les Auld: There are some grand examples of penguin painting out there Richard, thanks for the comment.
So is the cat really a penguin?
Les Auld: A penguin in cat's clothing Ian, and just like the Cheshire Cat it will fade away. Thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 4 Dec 2009, 09:25
Very interesting Les: we had a similar thing with pigs in Bath last year
Les Auld: I remember hearing about them Chris, but don't remember seeing any pictures. Thanks for the comment.
Will they be sold or auctioned off after that date?
Les Auld: Some will be Mary, the others will be the property of the sponsors I think. Thanks for the comment.
Interesting and nice composition!
Les Auld: Thanks for the comment, appreciate it.
I think they are great, lovely presentation.
Les Auld: So do I Linda, thanks for the comment.
Excellent collage Les. I didn't think these things would escape your attenetions for long after the previous one you showed us.
Les Auld: It gives me something to do Brian, thanks for the comment.
I loved the superlambananas but I am a penguin fan so these are even better!
Les Auld: They do add interest to a Christmas in Liverpool Bill, thanks for the comment.
Works of art Les..Nice to see them about the city I bet.
Les Auld: They just catch the eye as you wander around and it does sem to bring a touch of happiness to the crowds. Thanks for the comment.

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