Ultimate Ulster: Favourite Piece of Public Art

Ultimate Ulster: Favourite Piece of Public Art

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Ballymoney, Belfast, Derry, Londonderry, Newtonards, Strabane




Transmission 24/06/2009


22min 26sec






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In this episode of Ultimate Ulster, presenter Frank Mitchell guides the audience through the top ten pieces of public art found in Northern Ireland.    

Out of the many potential choices, the nation's most voted for piece of public art is the 'Angel of Thanksgiving'. Found in Belfast city centre, it was designed by artist Andy Scott, in 2006, as a symbol of peace. The globe indicates the universal philosophy of peace, harmony and thanksgiving. The cities where the people and industries of Belfast have migrated and exported are also incorporated in the work.
Following this is 'The Fish'. Another piece located in Belfast, it was created in 1999 by John Kindness and is a printed ceramic mosaic. The tiles on the fish are decorated with texts and images relating to the history of Belfast. Eoin Davidson gives a testimonial, explaining why he voted for the artwork.
Coming in at third place, the 'murals' found throughout Northern Ireland that display, and represent, a multitude of perspectives on Northern Ireland's history. It is noted that newer artworks displaying 'The Troubles' are often found in black and white, implying that the violence is in the past. Tom Kelly and Jeanette Warke - both from Derry/Londonderry - are interviewed and share their thoughts about the murals and their importance.
Then the public artworks with the highest number of votes, in running order are, 'Let the Dance Begin', in Strabane, with Sylvia from Limavady giving a testimonial. Edward Carson's statue, situated at Stormont is next, Paul Pierson from Portadown speaks about the historical figure's impact on NI politics.
Following this is the Ballymoney memorial to motorcycling icon, Joey Dunlop. Dunlop's daughters Donna and Joanne are interviewed, alongside Justin McCormick. Proceeding this is 'Hands Across The Divide' in Derry/Londondery, artist Maurice Harron provides insights on how local people interact with it.
The last three voted for are 'the Albert Clock' in Belfast, 'Queen Victoria's statue' in Belfast and lastly, the 'Blair Mayne Statue' in Newtownards.


The series features ten guides to Northern Ireland, as chosen by local people. The previous series was the most watched regional programme in the entire ITV Network.  


Presented by Frank Mitchell.

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