Belfast Public Art: Not a Mural in Sight

Here is a dozen of our favourite apolitical sculptures throughout the city...

The Big Fish (aka Salmon of Knowledge): A 10m long, erm, fish whose shiny blue and white ceramic scales depict moments in Belfast's history. Find it at the Lagan Lookout, near the Titanic Boat office and departure point.

Ring of Thanksgiving: Meet Belfast's tallest resident, a 15m high steel woman standing on a bronze globe and holding a ring representing peace and reconciliation - a familiar theme throughout the city. The work is inspired by Dallas's Thanksgiving Square and towers over the River Lagan, a short walk from the Belfast Waterfront.

Waterfall of Souvenirs: A 5m high ceramic waterfall cascading down the Europa Buscentre and bypassed daily by throngs of commuters. Be one of the few to stop and contemplate its locally themed mosaic.

Monument to the Unknown Woman Worker: Outside the Great Northern Mall (front entrance to the Europa Buscentre) you'll find two lifesize ladies cast in bronze and brandishing ephemera representing low-paid jobs, including housework. Look for the typewriter, telephone and clothes hangar and ponder their plight.


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Gerard Doyle
uk, Birmingham
I nicknamed the sculpture a few years back "nuala with the hula" and asked a tour guide friend to spread the word.Gerard Doyle
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