Maggie’s Penguin meets its muse at St. Andrews Aquarium

Penguins from St Andrews Aquarium found a surprise new addition on parade at Penguin Cove this week.

The Humboldt Penguins are the real-life inspiration behind a colony of colourful giant penguins, set to invade Dundee and its surrounding landscape next summer as part of a Wild in Art fundraising event by Maggie’s Dundee.

Janice Aitken, artist and Senior Lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art designed the tactile Maggie’s penguin sculpture mould after spending time sketching the penguins at St Andrew’s Aquarium. She also researched a penguin specimen at the University of Dundee’s D’Arcy Thomson Museum.

The cheerful orange Maggie’s penguin stopped in for a quick visit to the Aquarium ahead of this summer’s Penguin Parade, an important fundraising initiative to support the work of the Maggie’s Centre in Dundee. The planned trail of individually decorated penguin sculptures will bring together businesses, schools, community groups and creative artists in a series of events culminating in a free and accessible public art trail.

One of eight Scottish multi-award winning, architect-designed centre’s Maggie’s Dundee provides a warm and welcoming place, with qualified professionals on hand to offer free practical and emotional support for people undergoing cancer treatment, and their loved ones.

St. Andrews Aquarium have signed up to sponsor one of the penguins, which will be decorated with unique designs by local artists.

“We are only too happy to support Maggie’s with their important work in Dundee and delighted that our colony of Humboldt penguins were the creative inspiration for the sculptures. We look forward to seeing the Penguin Parade trail across Dundee and beyond,” said John Mace, Managing Director of St Andrew’s Aquarium.

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