A Scottish artist has revealed the inspiration and challenges behind one of the most recognisable penguins of Maggie’s Penguin Parade – Yoda. The penguin interpretation of the iconic Star Wars character was created by Matthew Low.
A word from Matthew :
He said: ‘I started off sketching other potential ideas for this project and it was only when my brother – a fellow Star Wars fan – pointed out that the penguin shape would fit a Yoda design, that I began to consider it.
‘I submitted the design to the Maggie’s Penguin Parade team and was over the moon when it was selected. I had worked with fibreglass a little on the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail and looked forward to using it again on an even more challenging project.
‘The most challenging part was definitely the construction of the ears. There were lots of aspects to consider which affected the design, including health and safety and durability – ensuring the ears will stand the test of time throughout the duration of the trail.
‘I had to construct a metal support system that would hold the carved ears and fibreglass without comprising the structure of the penguin, making the system more of a challenge as it had to be fixed externally.
‘I am delighted with the end result and was very proud to see it join the parade.’ The team at Specsavers in Dundee, sponsors of Yoda Penguin, were delighted when they caught a first glimpse at the penguin.
A word from the store
Store director, Margaret Fennell, said: ‘We were among the first local business to sign up as a sponsor of Maggie’s Penguin Parade.
‘At that point, we had no idea what our penguin would look like. When we first saw Yoda Penguin we were delighted!
‘Lots of customers have commented on how amazing it looks when they’ve stopped by the store.
‘Maggie’s is a fantastic charity that supports so many people across the area, so we’re very proud to be associated with the trail.’