Dundee’s parks, streets and public areas are set to be taken over by a colourful colony of giant penguins.
Maggie’s Penguin Parade, which will raise money for the city’s Maggie’s Centre, launches next summer.
A trail of 100 individually-designed penguin sculptures will lead people to various locations across Dundee, similar to last summer’s Oor Wullie Bucket Trail.
As well as attracting sponsorship, the penguins will act as a visual reminder to the work of Maggie’s in Dundee — which is based in the cancer care centre in the grounds of Ninewells Hospital.
Maggie’s has teamed up with public art company Wild in Art for the Penguin Parade.
Maggie’s chief executive Laura Lee said: “Maggie’s is all about community which is why we love the penguins project.
“It is wonderful that the event will attract visitors, provide free days out for children and families, help create special moments and memories that will last a lifetime, encourage healthy lifestyles and put local companies’ brands alongside Maggie’s at the centre of the design regeneration in Dundee — and all this while helping Maggie’s Dundee to provide essential support to people with cancer, as well as family and friends.”
Charlie Langhorne, director of Wild in Art, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Maggie’s Dundee to bring a fun event to the city that will really make a difference.
“It promises to inspire civic pride across all generations, showcase the very best that Dundee has to offer and leave a valuable economic and social legacy.
“However, it can only be made possible with the support of businesses. That’s why if you’re keen to play an important role in a high-profile, city-wide project that brings communities together and showcase your corporate creativity, you need to become a sponsor.”
Dundee has a long association with penguins, which are the emblem of Captain Scott and Ernest Shackleton’s 1901 expedition to the North Pole, on board their Dundee-built ship, the RRS Discovery.
Statues of the birds already stand at a couple of locations in Dundee, including outside Discovery Point — where the ship is based — and on a wall close to the Overgate in the city centre.