A collaboration project between Metalbird Australia, Acland St Retail Traders Association and City of Port Phillip.
A little over 12 months ago we started an exciting collaboration after being approached by the Acland St Retail Traders Association asking if we could produce a couple of our Penguins as large statues.
The Penguins were to be located on the foreshore at St Kilda adjacent to Luna Park and with this part of Port Phillip Bay and St Kilda beach being well known for its Penguins, it made perfect sense to get involved in such an exciting art project that would be seen by so many!
“We were delighted when we were approached to design and manufacture 2 super-sized Penguins to be installed on Marine Parade on the St Kilda foreshore. These guys stand a whopping 2.1 metres high and are part of some wayfinding signage to direct traffic up to the Acland Street retail strip. It’s been a fun collaboration with the Acland Street Traders Association who had the vision for this great street art project”.
Murray Hey (co Founder of Metalbird Australia)
"Acland Street Village Business Association received a Love My Place grant from the City of Port Phillip to create a wayfaring trail to Acland St. We chose Metalbird's penguin as it was appropriate for St Kilda with its penguin colony and because they are so cute and life like. The penguins not only point the way to our shopping precinct but they also provide a great opportunity for a photo with the St Kilda Beach as the background. We hope they become as iconic as St Kilda. The trail has been named by the Boonwurrung traditional owners, “barring goyeep djinang yawa,” meaning the trail of the penguin."
Janet Rosenberg (President - Acland Street Village Business Association)
Keep an eye out on our socials over the coming weeks, as we’ll be holding a naming competition and there will be an official unveiling down on site - which we’d love you to be a part of.
If you’re around St Kilda make sure you pop down to the foreshore and enjoy the sights of our Larger than Life Penguins yourself and take a photo with it using the hashtag #stkildabigpenguin and of course don’t forget to tag @metalbird_aus so we can share!
To celebrate the successful installation of these Larger than Life birds, we’re offering 15% off our regular sized Penguins for you to have your very own St Kilda Penguin in your backyard or garden.