Lambannans as the name suggests are a combination between a lamb and a banana. This unlikely union represented the symbiosis of Lancaster wool being exported from Liverpool docks and bannanas arriving into Liverpool docks. The first Lambannana which is now known as the Super Lambannana was commissioned for the Art Transpennine Exhibition in 1998, which was a series of 30 different art installations between Liverpool and Hull. The prototype which was 10cm high was designed by Japanese artist Taro Chiezo and then four Liverpool artists (Andy Small, Julian Taylor, Tommy Reason and Ray Stokes) transformed his designed into a sculpture , yellow and 5.2m tall. The Super Lambannana is now outside Liverpol John Moores university. It is generally yellow but has gone though some colour changes including pink for Breast Cancer awareness and Fresion cow design.
When Liverpool; was European City of Culture in 2008 half pint versions of the original Super Lambannanas were created. In total there were 125minitures created as part of a project organized by Liverpool Culture Company and Wildin Art. 123 were displayed in Liverpool and surrounding Merseyside during 2008.
One called the highest Super Lambannan was at the top of Moel Famau in North Wales as there is a close association between Wales and Liverpool. One called Lovemedoodle spent some time at Euston train station before moving to Liverpool Lime Street station. The lambannanas were auction off. Some in addition to the SuperLambanna continue to reside in Liverpool including around Liverpool museum next to Albert Docks and Liverpool South Parkway train / bus station.