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“Pass this every week almost”

Monument to the Unknown Woman Worker
Ranked #65 of 233 things to do in Belfast
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

A fab piece of art work and tribute to women every where. The detail on the women is very clever and close inspection is necessary

2  Thank Mary Jo M
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

One of the GREAT works of art in Belfast. Once upon a time the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland were dumb enough to think of ordering a comic work of art commemorating Amelia Street's history as a former red light district. The official brief actually asked for "two colourful life-size 'cartoon' female figures". (If they think prostitution is funny, they should try doing it for a week. These people were SO staggeringly stupid!)

The artist Louise Walsh provided a brilliant feminist protest work instead. It was YEARS before it was finally moved to any prominent location. You have to go see it, or rather stand with them. When you do, you’ll slowly realize the density, the powerfully impressed passion of the piece. Most bronze statues salute some soldier or scientist. This is a tribute to millions of unpaid mothers, low-paid hairdressers, seamstresses, and secretaries. Melded into the two women’s bodies are taps, hair brushes, coat hangers, a colander, scissors, an old typewriter and a phone. Each symbolises some menial job, some child-rearing chore that so many women worked at all day. One of the figures has babies’ dummies instead of earrings.

In case of misinterpretation, the work adds direct messages. The bronze spells out newspaper headlines like “Women’s pay victory may open floodgate”. There’s an advertising slogan “Like mother, like daughter, both say ‘Goodbye dandruff’”.

To appreciate the piece fully you have to really stand with them, and that’s part of its power. Only then do you start to see all these surprising details. Unless I’m late for my train, I take time to stop and look and appreciate them. This is a work of art with heart, with soul, with humour and with impact. Do give it time.

6  Thank Steveodo
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

Positioned outside Europa Buscentre, opposite Amelia Street, the women of Belfast are honoured in this sculpture. Women were the powerhouse of working-class homes, juggling work, often in dreadful conditions for small wages, and family life.

2  Thank Pat569
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

When you are in Great Victoria Street looking at the Opera House, Crown Inn etc take a look at this sculpture of two women outside Cafe Nero and check out all the worlplace items that adorn them. Very thought provoking.

1  Thank John H
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Reviewed November 6, 2017
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