P-p-p-pic­nic with the pen­guins

De­signer of the Pen­guin Pa­rade sculp­tures meets some real-life cool cus­tomers

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - FEA­TURE - CARO­LINE LIND­SAY

Dundee’s Pen­guin Pa­rade is get­ting us all a-flut­ter here in The Courier of­fice. With the fan­tas­tic news that only 20 more pen­guins need to be spon­sored we can’t wait to see a colony – or “wad­dle” – of 80 colourful gi­ant pen­guins in­vad­ing the city dur­ing 2018.

De­signed by lo­cal artist Jan­ice Aitken, the cool cus­tomers will be dec­o­rated by var­i­ous artists and auc­tioned to raise funds for the vi­tal work done at Mag­gie’s Dundee.

As part of the re­search that went into de­sign­ing her pen­guin sculp­ture, Jan­ice, a se­nior lec­turer at Dun­can of Jor­dan­stone Col­lege of art and De­sign, vis­ited St An­drews Aquar­ium a few months ago to take pho­tos of their Hum­boldt pen­guins.

When she heard that St An­drews Aquar­ium had spon­sored a pen­guin sculp­ture and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor John Mace had in­vited her over to get up close and per­sonal with its real-life coun­ter­parts, she was thrilled to bits.

The visit took place yes­ter­day when Jan­ice and An­nie Long, fundrais­ing man­ager at Mag­gie’s Dundee, were taken into the pen­guins’ en­clo­sure.

“It was such a fun thing to do – I was like a small child!” en­thused Jan­ice.

“Four of the pen­guins came up to take fish from us while oth­ers were in­cu­bat­ing eggs in their caves,” she con­tin­ued.

“The keep­ers ex­plained they all have their own per­son­al­i­ties but they were very well be­haved for us!”

John Mace told The Courier: “Mag­gie’s Cen­tre is a fan­tas­tic char­ity that de­liv­ers an in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant ser­vice, and know­ing that our colony of Hum­boldt pen­guins were the cre­ative in­spi­ra­tion for the sculp­ture, it is only right that we should get in­volved.”

Pic­ture: Kris Miller.

Just 20 more pen­guin sculp­tures need spon­sors be­fore Mag­gie’s Pen­guin Pa­rade can be­gin. Artist Jan­ice Aitken has vis­ited St An­drews Aquar­ium’s Hum­boldt pen­guins.

John Mace with Jan­ice Aitken, cen­tre, and An­nie Long.

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