I wanted to share some amusing pictures with you today, but first I’d better start with the back story so it makes some sense. Last year in Liverpool we had little statues all over the city to celebrate the European Capital Of Culture. They were each decorated uniquely by artists, school groups and more, then liberally sprinkled around the place. They were based on what’s known as the Superlambanana, I promise you I’m not making this up. Some time in the late 90’s (I forget the exact year and I’m too lazy to look it up now) the council here commissioned Japanese artist Taro Chiezo to make a new iconic statue for the city, he delivered this…
£30,000 it cost us, although the true figure is disputed we can be certain it was a lot of money. It later turned out that the city doesn’t even own the monstrosity outright, only a 10 year license to display it. What a rip off, a few school kids could have knocked that together for free in a lunch break. It’s supposed to be a chilling warning about the dangers of genetic modification. I just thought the artist was taking the piss personally, but there we go. Last year we had loads of these little Superlambbanna’s all over the place and I have to admit that was really cool, much better than the big one. This year it’s been expanded and the theme has changed to penguins, Linux fans rejoice!! Just normal penuins though, not Satsuma penguins or something stupid like that I’m glad to say, genetic modification can wait. There are 145 of these penguins all over Merseyside, from St Helen’s to the Wirral, each decorated differently and all in aid of saving real penguins from extinction. The project is called Go Penguins and I’m down with that. I like penguins, and not just because I like Linux. I liked them long before I’d even heard of Linux or knew what it was. I discovered there’s one of these penguins outside a local restaurant, so I took a wander down there and got some pictures. Here they are 🙂
This penguin is sponsored by Surfers Restaurant and was beautifully decorated by Lee-Ann Pritchard, great work. I’d like to point out that although I look a bit pissed off in a couple of the shots it was actually freezing cold, that’s why I was grimacing a bit. I look pissed off at the best of times though I know, I just have one of those faces. I briefly considered trying to get pictures with each of the 145 different statues before they disappear in January, but then my natural laziness kicked in telling me that was far too much work, I think it’s right in this case. If you live around this area, or you’re just visiting while the penguins are here, I encourage you to check them out for yourself.
I’m gonna waddle off for some tea now, see ya,