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9 November 2009 by Karen

Models of penguins in a warehouse

Penguins are almost go at the warehouse. ‘Look At Me’ is front left. Image courtesy of Helen Burnley.

Those of you who live locally might already have heard about the imminent arrival of over 100 penguins to the streets and venues of Liverpool. Go Penguins! launches on 22 November, and National Museums Liverpool is providing homes for 13 of the happy but slightly homesick birds. They include ‘Moon Waddler’, aka Neil Flipstrong, at World Museum, while the Maritime is hosting ‘Under the Sea’ penguin. This photograph was taken at the secret penguin storage facility and shows another of our arrivals, ‘Look at Me’ (front left) along with some of his feathered friends.

Each of the birds has been created by either local artists, schools or community groups and adopted by a local organisation. Together they form A Winter’s Trail which you’ll be able to follow around the city centre, making Liverpool a proper Capital of Christmas.

As well as our usual programme of festive activities and events we’ll be hosting a series of special penguin events that are guaranteed to keep the kids amused over the Christmas holidays. We’re even creating a dedicated penguin shop at World Museum. There’ll be more on our penguins and our other Christmas activities on our main site shortly. In the meantime there’s more penguin information on the official Go Penguins! website.  

Update: Should have mentioned that some of the penguins have already been sighted in an Antony Gormley-esque arrangement on New Brighton beach (more on the Art in Liverpool website). Local comedian, Paul O’Grady, has also created his own, ‘Owl Ma Penguin’, and the BBC website has a slide show of some of the other designs you’ll soon be seeing round and about.

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