Huge images of the 12 animals which make up the Chinese zodiac will take over Liverpool from Friday (1 February).
The locally designed pieces will appear on walls and shop windows as the city gears up to celebrate Chinese New Year.
The locations of the ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig are being kept under wraps until they are all unveiled.
However, local artist Cherie Grist has revealed the rat will be the first to make its appearance on the side of the Havelock Building (the former Cabin nightclub) on Berry Street on Friday.
Cherie says: “I’ve always loved Liverpool’s Chinese New Year celebrations and I’m really pleased that I can be part of this year’s event.
“I’ve spent a lot of time travelling in China and find it very inspiring visually and culturally. I understand how important the Chinese zodiac is in their culture, so the pressure is on to do the Chinese community proud!
“It was my aim to give each animal its own personality and I can’t want to see them all on display in the city.”
The appearance of the animal artworks will coincide with thousands of Chinese lanterns adorning city centre streets, and a number of buildings including St Luke’s Church, Everyman and Playhouse theatres and Sefton Park Palm House turning red in homage to China.
The build-up continues on Saturday 2 February when the Liverpool Hung Gar Kung Fu Friendship Association parade through the city centre, performing a traditional dance symbolising good luck and good fortune, banishing the winter and welcoming spring.
Starting on Bold Street at 1pm, it will travel along Church Street and onto Paradise Street, ending near John Lewis in Liverpool ONE.
Also from Saturday, an augmented reality trail will be launched giving people the opportunity to explore Chinatown, searching for signs that will bring to life the magical adventure of a little girl called Jingwei and her pet pig’s journey from the East to the West.
All the celebrations mark the 20th anniversary of Liverpool’s twinning with Shanghai.