Spirit of Belfast
Spirit of Belfast
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olibot
Bishop Auckland, UK1,254 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
This piece is in the middle of the busy of the Victoria Square. I did not quite understand the link, however it is a unique piece of art.
Written January 4, 2019
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CiaraSlevin
Northern Ireland, UK2,385 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Solo
I've got to agree with other commentators, I too preferred the old bandstand which previously stood on this spot in central Belfast. I thought it a shame when it was removed and replaced with a modern, abstract, stainless steel sculpture strangely named Spirit of Belfast.

Gradually over time though I've become used to this swirled mass of steel. Whilst sitting drinking coffee one afternoon in Starbucks gazing out at it I began to think I might almost quite like it. There's something oddly appealing about Spirit of Belfast when you sit for a while on a sunny day taking it all in.

It took me some time to figure out what was beginning to appeal to me. Then I realised it was the contrasting curve of steel against the older straight edged buildings it sits amongst. The way it glints bright in the sunlight. That sense of movement, fluidity, flexibility, newness and life in stark contrast to the old brick Belfast around it.

I started to speculate that this is maybe what the Artist wanted to show - the light, flexibility, fluidity and bright possibility of a new Belfast emerging from the civil war we named 'The Troubles'. A new spirit of hope. To highlight that perhaps we all need to clear away some things from our past and look to the future, whether initially we like it or not. That it's time to put the past, old bandstands included, behind us and start building a new future.

So, intrigued, I did a bit of research. By that I mean I Goggled it and read about it on Wikipedia haha! What I discovered was that Spirit of Belfast was created by Artist Dan George in 2009. Apparently the stainless steel of this sculpture is intended to represent Belfast's shipbuilding past while the lights illuminating it represent the lightness of linen, another historically important local industry.

Quite nice to know the Artists inspiration, but I think I prefer my own interpretation. Thus is the problem with a piece of art, once you assign meaning to it within your own head that meaning remains with you forever. Hence I now really like Spirit of Belfast. Still not as much as I liked the old bandstand perhaps. However that's what progress is all about. You put the past behind you, accept change, move on and eventually you grow to like it and are all the better for it...
Written March 31, 2016
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Jfizzable
Dundee, UK323 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
We came across this at random while exploring the Victoria Square Shopping Centre and were intrigued as to what it actually was so took a closer look.

Personally I liked it as it was a good opportunity to take a photo or two and added a little something to the area. Don't get me wrong, its not exciting enough to rush to it and see it but it is nice to pass if you are in that particular area.
Written July 5, 2017
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK3,118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
The Spirit Of Belfast is a sculpture in the city centre in Arthur Square. It is not far from Donegall Street or the Victoria Shopping Centre.

It looks like some steel girders which have been formed into curves. The steel girders hark back to the great ships that were constructed in the docks of the city in the famous shipyard that gave birth to Titanic and many other boats.

It is a nice area to sit after walking around and also a place to meet up with friends. When I was there a busker was performing which made for a nice atmosphere.
Written May 29, 2024
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Bedhead1157
Ballymena, UK44 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
As a man born in bred in Belfast, Cornmarket has had a few makeovers. There was the fountain, which was nice, then the rather 1980s bandstand so beloved of heavy metal loving teenagers by day and drinkers at night, now this "sculpture" supposedly representing the spirit of Belfast. Maybe the sculptor had been imbibing spirits before he thought it up as it appears to be nothing more than bent metal painted with hammerite and mounted on a round base. That's all there is to it, people and advertising folk crowd round it, with the odd busker. But it really doesn't offer anything!
Written November 27, 2014
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Vanessa P
Calgary, Canada1,451 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Lots of shops, restaurants and clothing stores. A more commercial area of Belfast. It's a good area to walk around to see the city.
Written December 8, 2019
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BelfastFoodTravelMan
Belfast, UK6,820 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Family
The BFM feels that the Spirit of Belfast is a beacon for regeneration and confidence in the city. It is located in Cornmarket which as the name suggested was the old corn market. It was always a place for people to air their opinions such as Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, but now a days there are a lot of talented kids dancing and if this can be harnessed we have the talented youth to go far. We need more people to guide these youngsters and mentor them. Its certainly worth seeing on a Saturday.
Written December 1, 2014
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BelfastFoodTravelMan
Belfast, UK6,820 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Solo
I can remember when here at corn market there was an old covered stand. It has made way for this modern sculpture which is now synonymous with the rebirth of this great city. I think it’s a bold sculpture and depicts Belfast as being “forged in great heat”. It’s a super landmark and backdrop for wonderful snaps!!
Written September 9, 2018
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Joe B
Edinburgh, UK1,871 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
Not sure why there is so much criticism of this installation. For me it sits well at its location and is beautifully made. You will undoubtedly pass this if out shopping so worth stopping if only to take a snap or two. Its been controversial and is locally called the onion rings. I can see why but for me, it captures the spirit of Belfast, its people and their journey.
Written May 28, 2017
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BelfastFoodTravelMan
Belfast, UK6,820 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Family
To me it was always Cornmarket and a platform for people to speak. Now it's a set of rings which you can't even touch. I know we should move with the times but not killing off heritage!!!!
Written December 15, 2016
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