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From Rome to Rio and from London to Las Vegas, a host of buildings and sites around the world will be turning a shade of green over the coming days to mark St Patrick’s Day.
Tourism Irelandâ€™s Global Greening initiative began in 2010, when just the Sydney Opera House and the Sky Tower in Auckland went green.
This year is set to be the biggest Global Greening to date, with around 250 sites already signed up to take part.
“This is the ninth year of Tourism Irelandâ€™s Global Greening initiative and itâ€™s bigger and better than ever this year, with some wonderful (and unusual!) new additions like a lion statue made from re-cycled flip flops in Kenya, the Wawa goose statue in Canada and a Blue Whale skeleton in the Natural History Museum in London,” said Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland.
New buildings and sites taking part this year include the Luxur ObÃ©lisque at the centre of the Place de la Concorde in Paris, the Emirates Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, the San MamÃ©s stadium in Bilbao (the home of Athletic Club Bilbao) and Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.
- This yearâ€™s â€˜Greeningsâ€™ include some quirky places and things, including:
- a giant, 25.2 metre Blue Whale skeleton, called â€˜Hopeâ€™, suspended from the ceiling in the Natural History Museum in London;
- a lion statue made from re-cycled flip flops which have been washed up on the coastline of Kenya;
- the Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Kittila, in northern Finland. Each year, the hotel is built to a new design and, this year, the entire hotel has a Game of Thrones theme â€“ complete with a life-sized Iron Throne with swords, a scary Braavos Hall of Faces and a White Walker with glowing blue eyes;
- a lighthouse on the frozen Lake NÃ¤sijÃ¤rvi in the Tampere region of Finland;
- the Wawa Goose â€“ an 8.5 metre, metal goose statue, which stands along the TransCanada Highway outside the small town of Wawa in northern Ontario, Canada;
- a polar bear habitat and a polar bear statue called â€˜Chimoâ€™, in the town of Cochrane, also in Ontario. Cochrane is the starting point of the Polar Bear Express train that travels the farthest north in the province of Ontario and thatâ€™s why the polar bear was chosen as the townâ€™s mascot;
- the Big Nickel â€“ a giant replica of the Canadian 5-cent coin from 1951, standing nine metres tall in the grounds of the Dynamic Earth science museum in Sudbury, Canada;
- two of Australiaâ€™s famous â€˜Big Thingsâ€™ â€“ The Big Banana and The Big Kangaroo;
- the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge â€“ the soaring, $4 billion Hudson River crossing in New York, which opened in 2017; and
- a carp statue, called â€˜Fridolinâ€™, in the town of HÃ¶chstadt an der Aisch, in Bavaria.