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SCENES from NORTHERN IRELAND

The pictures illustrate walking from the River Lagan near the ? Bridge and Thanksgiving Square, Belfast.

 

On the banks of the River Lagan is 'The Big Fish' sculpture, also called the Bigfish. The Big Fish is a printed ceramic mosaic sculpture by John Kindness and is 10 metres long and constructed in 1999 on Donegall Quay in Belfast, near the Lagan Lookout and Custom House. The outer skin of the fish is a cladding of ceramic tiles decorated with texts and images relating to the history of Belfast from Tudor times to the present day. Newspaper headlines are included along with contributions from Belfast school children (including a soldier and an Ulster Fry). The Ulster Museum provided the primary source of historic images, while local schools/day centres located along the line of the River Farset were approached to provide drawings for the fish. Images were provided by Glenwood Primary School, St Comgalls and Everton Day Centres. The Big Fish also contains a time capsule storing information/images/poetry on the City.

 

 

Thanksgiving Square, Belfast by the Albert Bridge over the River Lagan. The female figure sculpture (below) represents various allegorical themes associated with hope and aspiration, peace and reconciliation and is derived from Classical and Celtic mythology.

 

 

Belfast Waterfront is an award-winning conference, arts and entertainment centre. The Waterfront complex holds a range of events including concerts, exhibitions and conferences.

 

The Queen Elizabeth Bridge over the River Lagan in Belfast. You can cross this to head for the Belfast Titanic quarter.

 

The Lagan Weir, River Lagan, Belfast

 

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The Odyssey Arena, Belfast, is Northern Ireland's premier entertainment venue and home to the Belfast Giants.

 

A few ships docked on the quays of the River Lagan.

 

 

Boats and yachts in the marina in the Titanic quarter.

 

The Belfast Titanic building viewed from the marina.

 

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The SS NOMADIC. The SS Nomadic, was a tender to the Titanic and is the last remaining White Star Line ship in the world, and lovingly restored to her original glory and back home in Belfast’s historic Hamilton Dock.

 

Images of the BELFAST TITANIC building

On Queen's Island, Belfast, Titanic Belfast has become a very popular visitor attraction and a monument to Belfast's maritime heritage. It is built on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard in the city's Titanic Quarter where the RMS Titanic was built. It tells the stories of the ill-fated Titanic, which hit an iceberg and sank during her maiden voyage in 1912, and her sister ships RMS Olympic and HMHS Britannic.

 

 

Eric Kuhne and Associates were commissioned as concept architects for Belfast Titanic, with Todd Architects appointed as lead consultants. Belfast Titanic's building design is intended to reflect Belfast's history of shipmaking and the industrial legacy bequeathed by Harland & Wolff shipyard. Its angular form recalls the shape of ships' prows, with its main "prow" angled down the middle of the Titanic and Olympic slipways towards the River Lagan. Most of the building's façade is clad in 3,000 individual silver anodised aluminium shards and stands 126 feet (38 m) high, the same height as Titanic'​s hull.

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In front of the building is Titanica, a very striking sculpture by Rowan Gillespie depicting a diving female figure. Made of bronze, it is mounted on a brass base, evoking the design of figureheads on ships' prows, and is meant to represent hope and positivity. The figure was dedicated by representatives of the Anglican, Catholic, Methodist and Presbyterian churches on March 2012, a few days before the opening of Titanic Belfast.

 

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Samson (1974) and Goliath (1969), cranes constructed by the German company Krupp, for the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast

 

Samson and Goliath are the twin shipbuilding gantry cranes in Queen's Island, Belfast. The cranes, which were named after the Biblical figures Samson and Goliath, dominate the Belfast skyline and are landmark structures of the city.

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A sculpture of the Titanic by the Titanic Quarter apartments

 

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