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Giant lizard artwork for Runcorn Hill
lizard mosaic
The artwork is inspired by the common lizard found on Runcorn Hill

A giant lizard mosaic artwork has been unveiled in Runcorn Hill Park, Halton.

The lizard, known as Eddie, was created by Cheshire artist Patricia Lee and is inspired by the common lizard.

Runcorn Hill Nature Reserve is one of the few sites in the north west of England where the common lizard can be found in the wild.

The artwork was funded by the local charity Friends of Runcorn Hill as part of a series of projects to bring art and culture to local people.

Patricia Lee is most famous for her mosaic Superlambana 'Mandy Mandala' she said, "Creating Eddie has been a pleasure. he's a colourful character. I've used lots of reds, gold and turquoise to make him as bright and cheerful as possible."

"His naming came about as I worked into the early hours after watching comedian Eddie Izzard's incredible 43 marathon challenge. What and inspiration! I hope that 'Eddie Lizard' will also inspire some hearts and minds, if only to make you stop, take a breath and take pleasure in something beautiful."

Friends of Runcorn Hill Chairman, Val Foot said, "Our main objectives are to improve the facilities on Runcorn Hill and help conserve the environment of the local nature reserve through our work with schools and the wider community."



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