Architecture’ building bridges with China

August 23rd, 2010

architecture-superlambananaThe city’s unofficial ‘Scouse ambassador’ is proving to be a big hit with visitors at the World Expo in Shanghai.

The Superlambanana, called ‘Architecture’, has become the focal point for people wanting their picture taken when visiting the Liverpool pavilion at the global six month event.

The sculpture, designed by Debbie Ryan, was chosen from the “eight for 08” because it best reflects the look of the city with its mosaic design depicting the Chinese arch, the Metropolitan cathedral, the Albert Dock and St George’s Hall amongst other city sights.

Artist Debbie, who has just returned from Shanghai, said: “I’m so pleased that my Superlambanana is proving to be so popular at the World Expo and hopefully with the other attractions in the pavilion it will inspire more overseas visitors to come to Liverpool to see what’s on offer here.”

The Superlambanana has fast become one of the most instantly recognisable and popular symbols of the City of Liverpool.

Chris Heyes, Technical and Operations manager of Liverpool’s pavilion, said: “I’ve lost count of the number times I’ve had to take snaps of visitors wanting to have their picture taken with the Superlambanana and I’ve even been asked to pose in some of them too!

“It’s a really fun way for visitors queuing to enter the pavilion to start their Liverpool experience and they are full of questions about what it is and what it means and they love to hear the story behind it.”

The iconic sculpture stands outside the pavilion alongside a specially decorated version of the World Expo’s official mascot, Haibao.

St Christopher’s Catholic Primary School in Speke won a contest to design Haibao depicting the Expo theme of better city, better life and which go on permanent display in an Expo museum once the event is over.

During the six months at World Expo, 200 ceramic Superlambananas are being given away as competition prizes to visitors to the pavilion.

‘Architecture’, itself, will be back in Liverpool in the Autumn to join the rest of the flock on a site near the new entrance of Lime Street station.

Liverpool is the only city in the UK to have a dedicated presence at the World Expo in Shanghai with pavilion sited in the Urban Best Practice Area.

The Liverpool Pavilion is the showcase for the dynamic creativity and enterprise which is embodied by the city and will also position Liverpool as the gateway to England’s North West, telling the story of the region’s diversity, scale and the exceptional quality of its culture and outstanding natural environments.

The Expo takes place every four years and is an opportunity for participants to showcase investment opportunities and cultural distinctiveness to an international audience.

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