Liverpool Council Secures Future of Iconic Superlambanana with Special Licence Agreement

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Liverpool City Council has finalized a special licence agreement with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) to ensure the iconic superlambanana sculpture remains a fixture of Liverpool’s urban landscape. The agreement allows the bright yellow artwork to continue residing at its current location on Tithebarn Street for the next three years, providing reassurance to locals who value its presence.

The superlambanana, a blend of Liverpool’s historic trading symbols – the lamb and the banana – first emerged onto the city’s cultural scene in 1998. Crafted by Japanese artist Taro Chiezo, the sculpture initially moved across various locations in Liverpool before settling at its current spot. Over the years, it has become a beloved symbol synonymous with Liverpool’s vibrant cultural identity, connected with numerous civic events and local causes.

The decision to formalize its tenure on Tithebarn Street came after the original sculpture, worn by over two decades of exposure, was replaced by a replica in 2019. This replica, now protected under the new agreement, secures the superlambanana’s place until at least December 2027.

Following a previous arrangement that recently expired, Liverpool Council’s agreement with LJMU requires the council to pay a fee of £1,228.32 plus VAT. This amount covers administrative costs associated with the licence, including LJMU’s legal and surveyor fees related to the agreement.

A council report emphasized that apart from these initial fees, there are currently no additional direct financial obligations incurred by the council due to the licence. However, it cautioned that future expenses might arise upon termination or expiry of the agreement, as the council is obligated to restore the site to its original condition upon removal of the sculpture.

The superlambanana’s significance extends beyond its artistic value; it serves as a testament to Liverpool’s ongoing commitment to integrating art into its urban fabric. Originally conceived as part of an initiative to create an art corridor spanning northern England, the sculpture’s journey from creation at the former Bryant and May Matchworks factory in Speke to its current home reflects its dynamic relationship with the city’s evolving cultural landscape.

Liverpool residents have expressed relief and satisfaction at the news of the sculpture’s extended stay, noting its symbolic importance in connecting past traditions with present-day community spirit. Its presence on Tithebarn Street enhances the aesthetic appeal of the area and contributes to Liverpool’s reputation as a city that values and celebrates its artistic heritage.

Looking ahead, while the current agreement secures the superlambanana’s immediate future, discussions may arise closer to its 2027 review date regarding its ongoing presence and potential relocation. Such considerations will likely prompt further community engagement and deliberations among city officials, ensuring that any decisions uphold the sculpture’s cultural significance while aligning with the evolving needs of Liverpool’s urban landscape.

For now, as the superlambanana continues to stand tall on Tithebarn Street, Liverpool embraces its iconic stature with renewed certainty and anticipation for the years ahead.

Elliot Preece
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