SUPERLAMBONANZA; Citywide Sculpture Sensation Copied throughout the World

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Byline: HELEN HUNT @helen_echo

THE SUCCESS of Liverpool's superlambanana has spawned an army of creatures across the world.

Since 127 superlambananas were displayed throughout the city in European Capital of Culture year the phenomenon has gone global.

From Rhinos in Chester and as far flung as Sao Paulo in Brazil, to prides of lions in Nairobi, creators who thought up the concept, Wild in Art, are enthralling young and old, and raising thousands for charity.

Today the director of the company that coined the idea of having uniquely painted animals and sculptures, Sally-Ann Wilkinson, said it all started in Liverpool. Since then they have had events in 15 cities and towns around the world.

She said: "Liverpool was host to our first big public art event and we feel immensely privileged to have been given this opportunity during Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture.

"Its success gave us the confidence to truly understand the importance of bringing creativity into an everyday context and creating real value for all participants. Since 2008 we have produced events in leading international cities such as Melbourne, Sao Paulo and Nairobi as well as many UK cities.

"Go Superlambananas celebrated Liverpool's communities, its rich history and spirit of fun."

Their latest project used the popular Aardman Animation's Wallace and Gromit as inspiration. Gromit Unleashed saw 80 Gromits adorn the streets of Bristol in a public art trail.

As with Go Superlambananas each model was painted by artists, enjoyed by the public, and then auctioned off to raise money for charity. …