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Superlambananas hit the streets

Rafa Baa-nitez
The aim of the project was to create a free public art spectacular

Visitors to Liverpool will have to keep their eyes peeled as an invasion of Superlambananas hits the streets.

About 125 two-metre tall replicas of the sculpture made by Japanese artist Taro Cheizo have been placed around the city centre and suburbs.

They have been decorated by artists, schools and community groups and will be on display over the next ten weeks.

Trail maps have been made so people can see all the sculptures that look like a cross between a lamb and a banana.

Vanessa Bartlett who helped co-ordinate the project said: "They are going to more conventional locations like St George's Hall in the city centre but also to places like Speke, Garston, Vauxhall and even in Wirral.

"I think it's a case of all walks of life are here. There are some really outlandish creative designs and there are also community projects and school groups taking part - so there's something for everyone really."

Superlambananas in Liverpool

Liverpool Culture Company said the aim was to create a free public art spectacular.

The original 17ft-high (5m) yellow sculpture can still be seen at its current location outside the John Moores University Avril Robarts centre on Tithebarn Street.

But the iconic piece of public art may have to leave the city before the end of the year after a row about ownership.

It was created as part of the Artranspennine '98 festival as a comment on genetic modification but the artist's agent has claimed it was on a 10-year loan so may be reclaimed or sold at the end of the Capital of Culture year.


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