Meccano Liver Bird to be unveiled at new Liverpool shopping park

Jack Ridsdale

By Jack Ridsdale

October 20th 2017 at 5:26PM
UPDATED October 20th 2017 at 5:35PM
Meccano Liver Bird to be unveiled at new Liverpool shopping park

Standing proud at 11 metres tall, the Liver Bird sculpture has been created in a nod to Liverpool-born toy-maker Frank Hornby and the first Meccano factory.

Spin Master has unveiled the world's largest Liver Bird, which has been crafted from Meccano pieces for display at Liverpool Shopping Park as the first retailers, including a Smyths Toys Superstore at the new complex open their doors.

Standing proud at 11 metres tall, the Liver Bird sculpture has been created in a nod to the area’s history as home of Liverpool-born toy-maker Frank Hornby and the first Meccano factory. 

A joint commission by The Derwent Group, Liverpool City Council and Spin Master, the sculpture has been designed by internationally-renowned artist Emma Rodgers. 

An undertaking of massive proportion, the new Liver Bird took more than a year to design, seven tonnes of steel and over 1000 hours of metalworking. The Liver Bird is expected to be a popular landmark for the local community.

“We are absolutely thrilled to play such a monumental and fitting role in this fantastic new retail venture," commented Jo Thompson, PR and office manager at Spin Master UK.

"Meccano and its founder Frank Hornby have an enormous history of contribution to the city and community particularly around Edge Lane and having this history preserved until time immemorial with the Liver Bird sculpture marks the next exciting chapter. Spin Master would like to offer thanks to all who have made this ambitious project happen, especially Andy and the team at Art Fabrications who have done an outstanding job in creating such a magnificent piece of structural art whilst enjoying re-living their childhood Meccano days in large scale!”

David Lyons, chief executive of The Derwent Group which transformed the former Edge Lane Retail Park into Liverpool Shopping Park, added: “There’s hundreds of Liver Birds across the city but it’s a real privilege to say that we have one of our own, and the world’s largest, here at Liverpool Shopping Park. It’s also very fitting as the statue is made of Meccano and it stands on the site of the first Meccano factory. We’re expecting a lot of interest and think it makes the perfect backdrop for a Liverpool selfie.”