A famous Rhino sculpture which has spent the past seven years at Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) has found a new home in Lache, on the outskirts of Chester.
LJLA says it needed to move the sculpture as part of recent development works and chose to donate it to a local community.
The rhino, originally called ‘Tino’, had previously formed part of Chester’s ‘Rhino Mania’ public art event in 2010, which was a trail of some 62 decorated rhino sculptures that went on display in the city and surrounding areas, including LJLA.
With the rhino having originated from Chester, the airport approached Cheshire West and Chester Council to see if they could find a new home for the sculpture.
The council worked with LJLA to bring the artwork to its new home at Lache Community Centre.
Two local schools, Lache Primary and St Clare’s Catholic Primary School, have since organised a competition for pupils to suggest a new name for the rhino.
Originally the work of Cheshire artist Mike Kilkelly, the sculpture depicts a tiger’s coat on a rhino’s body.
Robin Tudor, head of PR for LJLA says: “The rhino sculpture has been very much part of the airport for the past seven years but recent developments meant it could no longer remain in place and we thought it would be nice to see if we could find a more permanent home for it closer to Chester.
“We were naturally delighted to hear that the community in Lache were keen to have their own Rhino Mania sculpture and that we were able to help out and donate this to them for the local community to enjoy.”