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Liver Bird at home of Meccano.

THE world's largest Liver Bird has been installed at Liverpool Shopping Park, on Edge Lane.

The Liver Bird was commissioned by The Derwent Group, Liverpool City Council and Spin Master - the owners of Meccano - and designed by internationally-renowned local artist Emma Rodgers.

Made of fabricated Meccano pieces to commemorate Liverpool-born toy-maker Frank Hornby and the first Meccano factory on Binns Road, the sculpture stands at 11 metres tall and has taken more than a year to design and manufacture.

Weighing seven tonnes, the Liver Bird, created by Leicesterbased metal-workers, Art Fabrications, was carefully lifted from a low-loader by a specialist team and crane onto a purposebuilt plinth on Wednesday, and was unveiled yesterday.

The Liver Bird sculpture takes pride of place at the centre of Liverpool Shopping Park, the new PS100m retail and leisure scheme which has regenerated the former Edge Lane Retail Park and surrounding land.

General manager of Liverpool Shopping Park, Russell Hall, said: "It really is a spectacle to see such a feat of engineering craned into place after months of preparation, design and fabrication.

"The Liver Bird is possibly the city's most iconic symbol so it seems very fitting to have our own here at Liverpool Shopping Park and we're excited to see it in place.

"It's also very special to be able to recognise the site's heritage as home to the first Meccano factory in such a creative way, too."

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 21, 2017
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