[30 July 2018] Liebig Street, Warrnambool CBD’s main street, is where I’ve been going at least once a week since we arrived in this Victorian seaside town, just more than a year ago. I’ve been sauntering there to watch people, to be among people, to marvel at the charming architecture, to visit the library, to have a chat with the green grocer and the butcher and lately, bumping into acquaintances and having impromptu coffee dates.
Towards the top end of the street, where the renovations have at last been completed, a playful waddle of bronze penguins were erected this past summer. Sculptor Julie Squires said during the unveiling that she believes art can be fun and she hopes the penguins will become an icon for Liebig Street. Well, to me they definitely have and I often linger on the bench close by to delight in their adorableness.
This morning I was happily surprised to find that some charitable human has draped them with woolen scarves. One of my little friends is even donning a hat! Just as well – with Warrnambool’s notoriously cold and windy winters upon us.
And I secretly found myself hoping that I won’t one day find a “Gone Fishin'” sign in their spot.