15th August 2011

Titanic Artwork at Victoria Square

Exhibition

The exciting new partnership has been launched with the unveiling of an eye-catching new artwork on Titanic Belfast, which was commissioned for public display in Victoria Square’s main shopping mall.

The striking canvas artwork, located on the Upper Ground Level of Victoria Square, was created by local artist Deborah Malcomson in anticipation of the centenary of the Titanic’s launch next April, when Titanic Belfast will open to the public.

Belfast based artist Deborah drew inspiration for the piece from a presentation held at Titanic Belfast, during which footage of the famous liner was screened.

The triplicate artwork, created using oil paint on three separate canvases, pays homage to the iconic new Titanic Belfast building and the legacy of Belfast’s shipbuilding past. The central focus of the piece is a striking representation of the Titanic, which influenced the design and architecture of Titanic Belfast – its line and form incorporating elements of the Titanic bow, the White Star Line insignia and the gantries used to build the Titanic. The adjacent canvas panels depict the unique external façade of the building, which is clad in several thousand three-dimensional aluminum plates, with the iconic yellow Harland & Wolff cranes to the right hand side hinting towards the city’s shipbuilding heritage.

Launching the new artwork, Hugh Black, centre manager at Victoria Square said: “As we look towards the centenary celebrations of the maiden voyage of Titanic, Victoria Square is proud to unveil this unique and striking work of art, which pays tribute to the legacy of Titanic and the exciting year that lies ahead for Northern Ireland tourism. Victoria Square is looking forward to being part of this and to working further with Titanic Foundation to bring the history of Titanic to life.”

Commenting at the launch, Tim Husbands, chief executive of Titanic Belfast said: “Titanic is something everyone in Belfast can be proud of and a key element of Titanic Belfast will be to tell the story of how its citizens made Belfast one of the most successful cities of the Industrial Revolution.  We’re very pleased that Victoria Square is showcasing Titanic in the heart of the city and would encourage visitors to view progress on the building itself by taking a look from Victoria Square’s Dome.”

Catherine McGinnis, communications officer, Titanic Foundation added: “Over the next  eight months there’s going to be a lot of interest in the City of Belfast and its people, as we build up to the opening of Titanic Belfast, and the centenary of Titanic’s tragic maiden voyage. Titanic’s story has inspired and captivated people across the world for the past 100 years and I’m delighted that it continues to do so through Deborah’s innovative piece”

In addition to the new artwork, two Titanic Photographic Exhibition Units are also on display in Victoria Square, providing shoppers with an insight into the design, fit out and building of Titanic, and its place within Belfast’s maritime history.