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With just 5 days until the penguins arrive on the streets of Liverpool, Wirral and St Helens. Our artists are putting the final touches to the penguins and we are preparing to introduce them to the people of Merseyside. Thank you to all the artists, businesses, community groups and schools who have made this event possible.
Here are a few highlights from the Go Penguins Team. The full trail map with information on all 132 penguins and 13 schools colonies, will be available from 22 November online at www.gopenguins.co.uk
or to pick up from any Merseytravel or tourist information centre.
CommunitIES GET BEHIND Go Penguins
Merseyside Community groups have embraced Go Penguins, with over 24 groups
taking part in the project by designing penguins and working with our artists. To have their outstanding creations on public display is a cause for celebration, so go out and see them and show your appreciation for our thriving creative communities.
One example of a community collaboration - ten members of ACSIL (Amputee's & Carers Support in Liverpool) had two fun-filled workshops with artist Selina Dunne of Whimsical Arts to develop the design for 'Pacsil' (image left). His colourful clothes symbolise the group's positive energy and his prosthetic leg gives a hopeful message of a full and fun life. Sponsored by Liverpool Primary Care Trust with Liverpool City Council and Neighbourhood Management Services, 'Pacsil' will be located at the Central Reservation on The Strand.
Wirral and St Helens
St Helens and Wirral will have their own colonies of penguins to celebrate
their rich historical, cultural and sporting heritage, with all penguins created in partnership with Wirral Council and St Helens Council. In St Helens, 10 penguins including a colony of schools penguins will be on display in a town centre trail leading from The World of Glass, Church Square and Church Street. And across the Wirral, 12 penguins including a schools colony will be on display, at a variety of attractions from Birkenhead to West Kirby.
The image on the left shows 'Together As One', by artist Claire Stringer, sponsored by Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village and Wirral Council. The design (image left) shows penguins huddled together, a means to keep warm for survival. if you are in St Helens keep your eyes peeled for the Johnny Vegas Penguin, created by artist Tony Bishop with the St Helens comic and TV star.
A Winter's Trail
Go Penguins is the highlight event of A Winter's Trail; bringing together a
special programme of seasonal entertainment across Liverpool and Merseyside.
You can view the full programme of events here. Events begin at Liverpool ONE this Wednesday (18 November), with the opening of Santa's Ice Palace and the Christmas lights switch-on. Find out more about the event here. And on the 19 November an enchanting Snow Queen with special powers of illumination will glide through the city on her beautiful sleigh.
From this Sunday (22 November), Liverpool ONE will be home to a flock of
Penguins, including Flora, a penguin inspired by Cath Kidston Floral designs
and intricately painted by artist Sarah Jane Richards.