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TROPICAL TIPS FOR SUPERLAM; Day a Week.

Byline: By CATHERINE JONES

SUPERLAMBANANA is going tropical.

The iconic Liverpool statue is being decorated by scientists at the School of Tropica lMedicine as part of the Go Super lam bananas initiative.

The giant art project will see up to 125 models of the half-lamb, half-banana being installed at sites across Liverpool and beyond.

Some sculptures can already be seen in the city.

The Pembroke Place academics drew up their design to represent the School's work on some of the world's deadliest tropical diseases, using aboriginal art as an inspiration and mixing it with images from their scientic research.

Two of the artists, Ektor Diaz and Rod Dillon, work in a group researching a disease called Kala Azar, Hindi for Black Fever, hence their name for their statue - Super' kalazar' banana.

The disease kills thousands of people every year in the tropics. Yesterday staff and students took part in amass finger painting session to finish the design.

Sally-Ann Wilkinson, of Wild in Art, which is or ganisering the Go Super lam bananas trail, said artists will soon be moving into a public painting space so the general public can watch them at work decorating the sculptures.

Latest sponsors of the project include LFC, Atlantic Containers, Hard Days Night Hotel and the Register Office in the Cotton Exchange which will have it's very own "super" bride-to-be.

Go Super lam bananas will run from June 16 to August 25.

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FINGERTIP: Ally Shone, a research assistant at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medecine, adds a dot of paint to the super lam bananna
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 16, 2008
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