PaintSquare.com


The First Word in Protective & Marine Coatings

A Product of Technology Publishing / PaintSquare
JPCL | PaintSquare News | Durability + Design | Paint BidTracker

Free Download of

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


Titanic’s Home Faces Future with Hope

Friday, December 6, 2013

More items for Program/Project Management

More items from Europe

Comment | More

An 11-acre portrait of a young girl, created from sand and soil, has briefly transformed the birthplace of the doomed RMS Titanic into a message of hope for the future.

WISH, a contemporary land-art installation in Belfast, Northern Ireland, was created by Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada. The stunning installation reproduced a potrait of an unidentified local six-year-old girl "making a pure and simple wish for the future," says Rodríguez-Gerada.

WISH in Belfast
Belfast Festival

WISH covers 11 acres in Belfast's Titanic Quarter. Based on a photo of an unidentified local girl, the portrait has "a gaze towards the future" and is the largest land-art portrait in the UK and Ireland.

Rodríguez-Gerada, with a lot of help from local construction companies and a team of volunteers, created the work with cutting-edge satellite technology and natural materials, including 30,000 wooden pegs, 2,000 tonnes of soil, 2,000 tonnes of sand, and a lot of grass, stones and string.

'Gaze Towards the Future'

The installation was unveiled Oct. 17 at the 2013 Belfast Festival at Queens in the city's Titanic Quarter, a large urban-waterfront regeneration project that includes the Titanic Belfast, a visitor attraction and monument to Belfast's maritime heritage on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard, where the Titanic was built.

Although the festival ended Oct. 27, the installation was to remain in place through the end of the year.

Rodríguez-Gerada told the Belfast Telgraph that it took 18 months to create the project, with only one month to produce it.

"I have created work in the States and all over Europe, but this piece in Belfast has been a different experience for me," he said. "The people have been overwhelming in their support and belief in the concept."

Titanic Quarter
Titanic Quarter

It took four weeks, 30,000 wooden pegs, 2,000 tonnes of soil, and 2,000 tonnes of sand, among other items, to complete the art installation.

He added: "When I first started on this work, it was only five acres, but it grew both emotionally and physically. Now, at 11 acres, it is my largest piece, and I believe this magnitude is a fitting tribute to a city which has so much positivity to offer."

The vast portrait "with a gaze towards the future" is the "biggest spectacle of land art to be seen in Belfast to date," and the largest land-art portrait in the UK and Ireland, according to the festival's website. The art questions "who we want to be, rather than who we currently are."

The portrait could be seen during the festival from upper levels of adjacent buildings on specially escorted tours and by walking through the art itself.

   

Tagged categories: Artists; Design; Murals; Shipyards

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

SAFE Systems, Inc.
Portable Dust Collectors for Tough Environments

Trailer and skid-mounted models in numerous sizes, powered by electric and/or diesel. Sloped roofs, multiple dust inlets, high static, dampered fans. Lockable power & drive compartments.


Minerals Research & Recovery

HIGH PERFORMANCE ABRASIVES


“Made in the USA!”

Why recycle waste from other countries? Go FASTER, CLEANER, at 1/3 THE COST with MR&R “All-American” Sharpshot®HP!!

WATCH THE VIDEO


BASF
New resins from BASF will have metals loving water:

Excellent corrosion resistance, low VOC, high gloss, thin films basf.us/industrialcoatings
polyorders@basf.com
800-231-7868


CS Unitec
Peening Preparation Tools

CS Unitec’s hand-held scarifiers are an ideal alternative to small-area shot blasting for cleaning and preparing concrete & metal surfaces. info@csunitec.com


US Minerals
US Minerals -
Black Magnum

With nationwide production and distribution capabilities, U.S. Minerals supplies a complete range of coal slag and other abrasives to meet all of your blasting needs.


CHLOR*RID International Inc.
Free Webinar

Learn about soluble salts, along with a discussion on allowable levels.
More information at
www.chlor-rid.com,

800-422-3217


Novatek Corporation
Dustless Coatings Removal

Strip it, clean it, and profile it,
all dust free! High production
rates and Blast like finishes.
Comply with new lead
standards.

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker JPCL Europe

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
 

© Copyright 2000-2014, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com