was just walking from Fact up towards Roscoe St today and saw this
was just walking from Fact up towards Roscoe St today and saw this
The Door Bell
The voices in my head
there was something on the news yesterday about lots of different coloured Lambananas being put round Liverpool, and they did seem to be this size.
Very easy to steal!
Did they wait for you to take the photo?
Have to agree with you John. Some of my colleagues seem to like this quirky piece of public art but I've never have and the thought of hundreds of them appearing around the city fills me with horror. I'm sure I'm going to encounter one on a drunken night out and get into serious trouble.
can you tell me more about the story? My mum mentioned it and also something about them looking for poetry submissions but I couldn't find anything about it on the net.
no, they carried on walking so it was a quick snap, they couldn't stop as they said it was very heavy
we also saw this one in the static gallery on roscoe lane so that's obviously where the other little guy came from
In the FAQs was written:
"Who are the artists?
Anyone. Go Superlambananas aims to showcase the artistic talent of Liverpool and artists are invited from all artistic communities and beyond - both established and aspiring - whether they are painters, designers, sculptors, architects, photographers, poets.... Artists simply submit an application and design template. Please see the artists pages for more information."
Maybe that means too, you can take a waterproof pen and improve the design with your own individual ideas.
Maybe it's also a little inspired by the Nanas.
Howie, I think it mentioned that originally they were to publicise what genetically modified foods could look like if left uncountered.
Updated weekly with old and new pics.
i like my foods modified in batter and deep fried, nothing wrong with them
While touring about in Scotland.. They have Cows painted up like these lambanana s...
It originated there I believe...
Actually this type of thing may be worldwide as an artform. Baltimore had fish that were variously decorated. Washington, D.C., had donkeys (for Democrats) and elephants (for Republicans) -- see below.
Washington, D.C., Elephant
Baltimore Police Fish
One of my daughter's pics a couple of years ago. Not quite sure where - might have been a train station in Manchester.
So this Rainbow Banana will on display?
I have noticed two already, one green one by the Metquarter and a Red one Inside the Plaza on Old Hall Street.
Gididi Gididi Goo.
Before your time, Max. But there were concrete cows in Milton Keynes back in 1978.
At lest the cows look like cows,the fish like fish,the elephant like an elephant but the Lambanana???
Get rid of them now!!
Well I like the lambanana's, they are much nicer than rats that look like cats, or is it the other way round? Or any other graffiti how ever cleverly done.
Superlambanana: Sparkling variations on a theme
Feb 11 2008
by Laura Davis, Liverpool Daily Post
Once a figure of fun, we have now taken the Superlambanana to our hearts. Laura Davis reports
"IT SOUNDS revolting, silly and rude. What the hell has it got to do with Liverpool?" asked Bread star Jean Boht in 1998, some 10 years after some TV viewers had been asking the same question about her sitcom.
She wasnít the only one quick to criticise the cityís newest piece of public art. Half lamb, half banana, many thought it would clash with its backdrop Ė too abstract for Liverpoolís fine Victorian architecture, and too vibrant and quirky for the drab 60s office blocks.
"What particular spirit does it represent?" asked then City Council leader Frank Prendergast, when told it was designed to reflect the Scouse zeitgeist.
Meanwhile, Alan Bleasdaleís first thought was for the late Liverpool sculptor Arthur Dooley, who created many works of public art, including the "Four Lads Who Shook the World" piece on Mathew Street.
"If Arthur was still here, he would be leading the march across the Pennines!" he declared.
Only the actress Margi Clarke seemed to guess the sculpture would tickle that famous Scouse sense of humour. "Well, at least itís a vegetarian lamb," she quipped.
As we reported last week, from this month, smaller versions of the Superlambanana will be appearing across the city Ė in hotels, shopping centres and offices Ė proving that the initial reservations about introducing such an unusual creation to a place just beginning to come out of its depression years were unfounded.
Politicians often describe Liverpool as rising like a phoenix out of the ashes, a reference perhaps to the Liver Bird, but it is the Lambanana that has become the unofficial emblem of the cityís new found self-esteem.
Originally sited at the Pier Head for three months, during the Artrans- pennine 98 festival and Tate Liverpoolís 10th birthday celebrations, the 17ft sculpture was moved to a number of different locations around the city before settling outside JP Lamb & Sons, the ships chandlers at Wapping Dock. The owners of the suitably named JP Lamb, Sir Trevor Jones and his wife, Lady Doreen, soon found themselves taking care of their strange new neighbour.
"It became part of our family and our grandchildren had their photographs taken with it," says Lady Doreen, who was a committee member of the Liverpool Architecture & Design Trust, the organisation responsible for bringing the sculpture to the city.
"We kept it clean, and fed it and watered it, and any time there was a dirty mark on it we would touch it up. Our staff knew it was part of their job to look after it.
"At first I didnít particularly like it, but itís become part of Liverpool now and everybody loves it. When it was outside JP Lamb, people were always coming along to have their pictures taken with it."
Having provided the paint when the Superlambanana was first built, they kept a spare tin of it to cover any graffiti.
"When it came to us it had been in Williamson Square and it was in a mess. It had to be stripped down to the bare material and repainted," recalls Lady Doreen.
"The colour it is now is not the original colour. The artist specified that it had to be that horrible bright yellow and thatís what it should be, but itís been painted a much paler yellow now.
"Our doctorís is near John Moores University, where it is now, and whenever we go there we stop and say hello to Superlambanana and say Ďsorry youíre not the right colourí."
It hasnít just been vandals who have seen the potential in redecorating the Superlambanana. It has been painted pink to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, purple for the Smoke Free Liverpool campaign, and green for reasons nobody seems to remember.
For the Millennium, Sir Trevor added a bright red hat and bow tie so the sculpture could join in the celebrations and, one morning, commuters driving along The Strand were astonished to see it done up like a Friesian cow.
A secret group of pranksters had transformed the artwork in the middle of the night Ė one member calling the Daily Post later that day to warn that the Liver Birds could be next. Fortunately, however, they have so far managed to escape twilight redecoration.
This year, artists, school children and organisations are getting in on the act. One hundred smaller Superlambananas have been distributed as plain canvasses and there will be a parade of the finishing products in May.
Kevin Hunt, one of the artists waiting to hear if his submitted design will be accepted, was 15 when the sculpture came to Liverpool.
"I donít remember it arriving. It feels like itís always been here," says the 25-year-old, who grew up in Speke, not far from the former Bryant & May matchworks where the Superlambanana was built.
"Itís a strange monster really, that just landed and gets moved from place to place. Iím interested in the idea that some people can find something beautiful and others find it ugly.
"I think in Liverpool, and probably in England, people donít appreciate things like public art when theyíve got them but as soon as thereís a suggestion they might be taken away then everybody gets annoyed."
Kevinís artworks are usually based on the idea of taking an item that already exists, such as found objects or furniture, and changing something about it.
His Superlambanana design looks exactly like the original, except for one small addition.
"There would be a cast of a poo attached to the ground under its tail," he says.
"The original is a humorous slant on genetic modification and ironically itís being cloned hundreds of times and spread about the city, so maybe it wouldnít be so happy about that and it would mark its territory." Another design, this time by JMU graduate Jemma Egan, is called "Lamb Chops" and involves part of the sculpture being peeled away to reveal the organs inside. The 25-year-old has also submitted a design based on Liverpool City Council wheelie bins.
"I like the Superlambanana because public art is one of the only art situations thatís really for everyone. People might not choose to go into a gallery, but itís on the street for everybody to see," says Jemma, who grew up in Widnes but has lived in Liverpool for the past seven years.
"Iím amazed how it has become such an iconic symbol of Liverpool, especially as it hasnít been here for that long."
Indeed, who would have thought 10 years ago, when the Superlambanana was first unveiled to the public, that the people of Liverpool would have adopted it quite so readily?
Yet by 2004, when the organisers of Manchesterís Cow Parade wanted to rustle the sculpture to lead its carnival of animals, nobody wanted to see it go.
And though it is just a few weeks since the smaller versions have been placed on display across the city, they have already been taken to peopleís hearts, some even being talked about as though they are real.
The Malmaison Hotelís "Superstarrylambanana" has been painted black and had lots of tiny holes cut into it to show the light placed inside.
When I called the hotel to ask when I could take a photograph of it for this feature, I was told "Any time; Twinkleís diary is completely free."
A vision for the future
THE Superlambanana was originally created for the Artranspennine 98 festival, the largest art exhibition ever to be staged in Britain, featuring projects at 30 different sites between Liverpool and Hull.
It was designed by Japanese artist Taro Chiezo, who based it on some smaller sculptures, which he had exhibited in a New York Gallery in 1994. Initially, the artwork was made as an ironic comment on genetic engineering, but it has also come to symbolise Liverpoolís maritime heritage Ė the wool leaving the port and the fruit coming in.
"Itís an image for the future.
"We are planning for the future and this is a fusion of two things," said the artist when it was unveiled in Liverpool in 1998.
The Superlambanana was constructed in the former Bryant & May matchworks, in Speke- Garston, by a team from Liverpool, before being transported to the Pier Head for a three-month stay.
Reaction was mixed, but the late poet Adrian Henri seemed to have it right when he said it should be welcomed "with an open mind and, if needs be, a sense of humour".
Miniature versions in a variety of colours and designs are now available to buy, and a version featuring artist Tony Brownís famous image of the Liverpool Waterfront is due be launched this spring.
Source: Liverpool Daily Post
You're right, it is World wide.. Here is one in Munich, Germany...
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