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SUPERLAMBANANA SCULPTURES

In 2008 to co-incide with Liverpool being crowned European Capital of Culture. The Liverpool Culture Company and Phil Redmond OBE worked with Wild in Art to create a cultural event in which local people could be involved not just in its consumption, but also its production. The city had long been home to an 8 ton sculpture designed by Manhattan-based Japanese artist Taro Chiezo, originally created for the 1998 ArtTransPennine Exhibition. His “Superlambanana” sculpture  is a cross between a banana and a lamb and is intended as a comment on the dangers of genetic engineering. 


Superlambanana's design is also heavily influenced by the history of Liverpool itself, as historically both sheep and bananas were common cargos in the city's docks. The eventual idea settled on, was to build upon the Superlambanana artwork, which had over time come to be recognised as a symbol of Liverpool in itself. As a result 124 mini-SuperLambananas were created, each of which acted as a blank slate, on which various groups throughout the city could develop and design their own cultural contribution the city's celebrations.


Ilsa was commissioned by Wild in Art to work upon three, two metre high replicas, The first “Peel” was one of Ilsas own original designs, and depicted a three dimensional adaptation in fibreglass of the SLBs tail (banana) being literally peeled. The design was developed to celebrate the vibrancy, playfulness and humour of Liverpool and its people. Aside from this version, Ilsa also worked upon two other designs for United Utilities (local water company)  which included a 3D translation of  a sketch produced by an employees daughter which combined natural scenery with a bicycle to make reference to a water cycle and the United Utilities corporate logo painted across another of the forms. 


Even mutuation itself evolves...