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    You Dirty Rat
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  • One of the small 2010 Superlambananas
    One of the small 2010 Superlambananas
    by Airpunk
  • One of the small 2010 Superlambananas
    One of the small 2010 Superlambananas
    by Airpunk
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    Suitcase Sculpture

    by darkjedi Updated Apr 27, 2008

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    This is John King's sculpture of suitcases. Installed just a few years ago it attracts only a few visitors. Each suitcase is individually labled, as they usually are, with the name of the owners, well known Liverpool people.

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    "A Case History"

    by sandysmith Written Apr 21, 2003

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    case sculpture

    If you come unstuck with locating the famous luggage a plan of the sculpture indicates the names and the links they have with Liverpool.
    On these guitar cases - no prizes for guessing that was Paul McCartney.

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  • SUPERLAMBANANA

    by sabsi Updated May 6, 2003

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    Superlambanana

    Another piece of public art in Liverpool is Superlambanana opposite Albert Dock. The strange sculture, that is meant to warn of the dangers of genetic engineering, was designed by Japanese artist Taro Chiezo.

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    Public Art

    by steventilly Updated May 15, 2003

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    A Case History

    On our way from the Anglican to the Catholic cathedral we passed this piece of public art. It's one of the nicest that I've seen. Entitled "A Case History" it is a jumble of cases bearing the names and destinations of a variety of people, including of course The Beatles.

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    Titanic Memorial

    by darkjedi Written Apr 22, 2008

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    Located on Pier Head is the Engineers' Memorial, commonly called the Titanic memorial (although the word Titanic is not inscribed on the memorial). The connection to Liverpool is that Titanic's registered home port was Liverpool, but she actually sailed out of Southhampton. Nonetheless, her owners, lots of the crew including her chief officer, chief engineer, and a member of the heroic band were from Liverpool.

    The memorial was comissioned to remember the heroism and devotion to duty shown by the ship's engineers, who remained at their posts operating electrical and pumping equipment to ensure the ship remained afloat for as long as was possible.

    It bears the following inscription:
    IN HONOUR OF ALL HEROES OF THE MARINE ENGINE ROOM

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    Statues

    by tim07 Updated Sep 21, 2009
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    Throughout the city there are many examples of public art on display. In my short time there, I managed to photograph three of them connected with entertainment.

    Eleanor Rigby, from The Beatles song, is on Stanley Street. Albert Dock is the location of singer Billy Fury. In Lime Street Station you'll find comedian Ken Dodd.

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    Super Lamb-Banana

    by darkjedi Written Apr 22, 2008
    Tourist Office Lamb Banana

    The Super Lamb Banana was the original work of Japanese-based artist Taro Chiezo. Commissioned for the Art Transpennine Exhibition of 1998, the sculpture was a controversial, but welcome addition to the public art arena in Liverpool. Standing an impressive seventeen feet tall and comprised of concrete and steel, the statue first attracted interest from its original position on the Strand. The unusual artwork was created to warn of the dangers of genetically modified food, whilst being appropriate to the city of Liverpool due to the port's rich history in the trade of lambs and the import of bananas.

    I didn't get to see the orginal lamb-banana but this one is situated in the tourist information office at 08 Place.

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    Superlambanana

    by Airpunk Written Oct 11, 2013
    One of the small 2010 Superlambananas
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    It has become quite popular in Europe to make plastic sculptures and give them to local artists do decorate. These are local symbols like bears in Berlin, the four city musicians from Bremen and many more. Liverpool has the Superlambanana, a creature half lamb – half banana. The Japanese artist Taro Chiezo who created it said that it symbolizes the goods which made Liverpool rich: Wool trade and the trade of overseas goods like bananas. Some people say that it is supposed to warn about the risks of genetic engineering, others say its a calf with a giant banana stuck in its rear part. I asked myself if it is suitable for vegetarians. Well, no one really seems to understand the sculpture beyond that point. It's one of things you either love or hate.
    The original Superlambanana is around five metres tall and yellow. It was unveiled in 2008 has been placed in several locations in Liverpool. In total 133 small Superlambanananas have been produced, each with a different livery. These small ones are rather human-sized. The eight youngest are from 2010, all others produced for 2008 when Liverpool was the European Capital of culture. As of 2013, the 2010 Superlambananas are located at the Mersey around the Museum of Liverpool However, all others (including the big one) are frequently moved around the city and pop up at unexpected places.

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    A case history

    by Airpunk Written Oct 12, 2013

    27 bags of famous Liverpudlians from the Hope Street Quarter, designed by John King in 1998. John Lennon is represented by the guitar. Others include Giles Gilbert Scott (architect of the Anglican Cathedral) and Charles Dickens. A board explains the who is who of the bags. The sculpture is a little deteriorated.

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  • LIVERPOOL BLITZ MEMORIAL

    by sabsi Updated Jan 18, 2005
    Blitz memorial

    My favourite piece of public art is this statue in the garden of St. Nicholas Church (The Sailor's church). It shows a little boy on some stairs playing with a toy plane while his mum is downstairs holding her baby.

    Liverpool suffered badly from 1940 to 1942 because it was an important port and industrial city :(

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    Victoria Memorial

    by Chamsa Written Dec 22, 2002

    Unveiled by Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll on the 26th September 1906 this big memorial reminds us of good old queen Vic. How could we ever forget her? Dozens of graffiti show what today’s Britons think about their glorious past.

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    Yellow Submarine

    by scouseneil Updated Jun 17, 2003
    Yellow Submarine

    No Beatles fan should leave Liverpool without checking out this 51 foot long work of art inspired by the hit Beatles record and film.

    This 20 tonne sculpture was built by apprentices at Cammell Laird Shipyard in Birkenhead, just across the River Mersey from where it now stands.

    The sculpture was designed by Graham Burgess for the International Garden Festival in 1984.

    It can now be found at the entrance to Chevasse Park, just across the road from the Albert Dock. Chevasse Park is a large grassy area sometimes used for summer events, and not a bad place to sit down with a picnic on a nice day.

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    Superlambanana

    by scouseneil Updated Oct 3, 2004

    Okay, this has to be one of the most bizarre pieces of "art" ever to grace our streets. I have included this as a "Must See", not because it is such a fantastic piece of art, but more because you have to see it to believe it.

    I find it incredible to believe that we paid japanese artist Taro Chiezo £35,000 for this. On the plus side, I suppose it is something that you are certain to remember about Liverpool.

    And yes, it is an extremely popular attraction. So much so that you can buy miniature replicas in the gift shops around the city, the Albert Dock in particular.

    The idea behind this bright yellow sculpture is to warn of the dangers of meddling with genetics, it being the front end of a sheep (allegedly) and the rear end of a banana.

    Superlambanana was painted pink for a while to commemorate breast cancer month, but is once again it's usual shade of yellow.

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    Superlambbanana

    by Bigs Written Jan 4, 2005

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    The superlambbanana

    It's already dressed for 2008, when Liverpool will be the European capital of Culture. Think it fits it/him/her very good.

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    The Cow WIith The Banana Up Its Ar**

    by steventilly Written May 15, 2003

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    Superlambanana

    This is actually entitled "Superlambanana" and is meant to warn of the dangers of genetic engineering. It's affectionately known as the "cow with a banana up its ar**" by the locals.

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