Posts Tagged ‘Go Penguins Of Liverpool’

Liverpudlians Vote For Their Favorite Go Penguins

January 20, 2010

THEY were the weeks the whole world went Penguin-crazy. The 200 fibreglass penguins may have been confined to Liverpool and Merseyside, but interest in them has come from across the world. As part of the Go Penguins public art show organised by Liverpool City Council and Wild in Art, we asked the public to design their own penguin suits. And the replies have just flooded in. No just from people inspired by the penguins dotted across the city, but by folk from as far away as Brazil, inspired by what they had seen of the penguins in the internet. Young and old got the penguin bug alike. By the time entries closed last week, we had over 500 designs for the penguins, with the youngest entrant just three years old, and the oldest a veteran 94. ECHO editor Alastair Machray said: “I’m thrilled by the response to the competition, the response to the penguins and the level of creativity on display. “It’s been a wonderful initiative that everyone’s loved – both out on the streets and in the pages of the ECHO. “There’s a vital environmental message, of course. But penguins are fun and it’s great to see so many people joining in.”

Go Penguins was commissioned by Liverpool City Council as part of Year of the Environment and was organized by Wild In Art, which was responsible for the Go Superlambananas trail in Capital of Culture year.

From November to January, penguins were dotted around Liverpool decorated by artists and celebrities in all manner of styles, following on from the hugely successful Superlambananas

We asked ECHO readers to offer their own designs for the penguins, and out of the 500 submitted we have whittled the list down to 200, all pictured in this supplement.

Sally-Ann Wilkinson of Wild In Art said: “How exciting – over 500 entries Šand I’ve got so many favorites! We can’t wait to hear the result and commission an artist to transfer the winning design onto one of our official penguins in readiness for it to take centre stage at the Go Penguins Auction on February 4.”

Go Penguin Highlights Domestic Violence

December 16, 2009

The Penguin Post has learned that A Go Penguin highlighting the issue of domestic violence is on display outside Liverpool Town Hall.

The five foot ‘Girl Power’ penguin has been funded by South Liverpool Neighborhood Management Team and Liverpool PCT.

It was designed by volunteers at Speke Garston Domestic Violence Project along with people who have benefited from the work of the organization.

The front of the penguin is painted in brambles symbolizing darkness, and through the brambles is a green shoot which represents hope. At the back of the artwork is a tree, with a caterpillar at the bottom which transforms into a butterfly, representing women coming out of the bad times and into a bright future.

On Monday, 14 December, representatives from the project will be visiting the penguin together with workers from the Liverpool White Ribbon Campaign. Each year, it urges men and boys to wear a ribbon for one or two weeks, starting on November 25, to highlight the International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women.

Bliss Ellis from Speke Garston Domestic Violence Project said: “The penguin represents the struggle women face in their personal relationships, when striving to gain satisfaction and wellbeing.”

Councellor Marilyn Fielding, executive member for safer, stronger communities, said: “This thought-provoking project is an excellent way of highlighting a serious issue.

“It is in a high profile position in the city center and will be seen by many thousands of passers by and people who are following the Winters Trail.

“It will remind people that support is available and no-one needs to suffer in silence.”

Speke Garston Domestic Violence Project was established in 1996 and helps support women who suffer domestic violence, and educate people about the issue.

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The Go Penguins Are A Go

November 27, 2009

The Penguin Post has learned that at long last more than 200 decorated glass fiber penguins have officially  gone on display in Liverpool this week as part of the city’s Year of the Environment.  The Go Penguins artworks were decorated by celebrities, schools and community groups. Colonies of the colorful, flightless birds can be seen across Liverpool, Wirral and St Helens until 10 January.  They are being used to highlight the dangers of global warming and polar ice melting. One of the more heralded penguin sculptures is from Birkenhead-born television and radio presenter Paul O’Grady who designed a penguin called “Owl Ma Penguin” which was inspired by his childhood memories of older women from his hometown.

Some of the more than 200 colorful penguins of Liverpool

Almost Time For Go Penguins Of Liverpool

November 21, 2009

THERE are just days to go until the Go Penguins parade takes to the streets of Merseyside, highlighting the consequences of global warming. Final touches and coats of varnish are being added to the penguins before the public art extravaganza hits the streets on Monday – and lasts for seven weeks.The event will comprise of over 150 individually designed and created 5ft penguins – each one skilfully crafted by local artists. Part of Liverpool’s Winter’s Trail celebrations, the city-centre will be aflutter with its new residents, with Wirral and St Helens also hosting their own colonies of the antarctic lovelies.And we have our very own It’s Our World penguin, designed by the fabulous Michelle Jones, a graduate from Central Saint Martins who has previously worked with the Liverpool Lantern Company on the 2008 Hallowe’en Carnival and the 2009 Liverpool Lord Mayor’s Carnival. The event is being delivered by Wild In Art, the people behind the phenomenally successful Go Superlambananas – a highlight of the Liverpool’s Capital of Culture celebrations. It was commissioned by Liverpool City Council as a finale to its Year of the Environment.The final design will be unveiled this Sunday, and ours carries messages about climate change, cutting down waste and alternative energy.