J3273 : The "Rise" sculpture, Belfast (19)

taken 12 years ago, near to Belfast, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

The "Rise" sculpture, Belfast (19)
The "Rise" sculpture, Belfast (19)
The sculptor intended the “Rise” to be seen from the M1 and the Westlink as a feature on entering Belfast. This view, across the rooftops and chimneypots of The Village, from Tate’s Avenue, gives it a surreal, almost science fiction effect as if a craft from another planet had just landed at the Broadway roundabout.
The "Rise" sculpture, Broadway roundabout, Belfast

The following is a quotation from the Belfast City Council website:
“What is it? RISE is a breathtaking sculpture that is about to change Belfast's skyline forever.
The new landmark for Belfast will be built at Broadway Roundabout, one of the main gateways to the city. It will be the biggest public art sculpture in Belfast.
What's the idea? The sculpture's two globes, cast in silver and white steel, will be lit to symbolise the rising of the sun and new hope for Belfast's future. It aims to help revitalise Belfast, bringing a new focus to the area and projecting a vibrant, confident image of the city.“
“How big will RISE be? At 37.5m high and 30m wide, RISE will be three metres taller than the Albert Clock and six times the weight of a double-decker bus!
RISE is to be located on the southern approach to the city at Broadway and will be visible to the 65,000 people who use the M1 and Westlink daily as well as from the air by over 2.5m passengers who travel in and out of George Best Belfast City Airport every year.
Many pedestrians will walk underneath it on their way to the Park Centre shopping complex or the Royal Victoria Hospital.
Who is the artist? Wolfgang Buttress is the creative genius behind RISE. An experienced artist and sculptor, Wolfgang has produced simple, elegant and contextual artworks for the public realm in the UK, USA, Europe and Japan.
What's the cost? £486,000 is being invested in the sculpture (£330,000 from Department for Social Development, £100,000 from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and £56,000 from Belfast City Council). The project is helping to sustain 140 jobs and 85 per cent of the budget is being spent in Northern Ireland.
Who's making it? Local steel company M Hasson and Sons Ltd in Rasharkin.”

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J3273, 167 images   (more nearby search)
Date Taken
Tuesday, 22 May, 2012   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 23 May, 2012
Geographical Context
Suburb, Urban fringe 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 320 730 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:35.3130N 5:57.5113W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 323 726
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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Belfast  Sculpture  Rise Sculpture  Broadway Roundabout (Belfast)  Wolfgang Buttress 

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