BEACON OF HOPE | FOTONIQUE

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THE BEACON OF HOPE - PHOTOGRAPHED JUNE 2016

I originally thought that the official title for this was ‘The Beacon Of Hope’ but apparently the correct name is the ‘Thanksgiving Statue’ and it cost £300,000. [I could be wrong]

The locals have many different names for this - ‘The Thing With The Ring’, ’Nuala With The Hula’,’Belle On The Ball’ to name but a few.

The Thanksgiving Statue is a metal sculpture by Andy Scott. It is 19.5 metres high ant it was constructed at Thanksgiving Square in 2007.

It is currently the second largest public art sculpture in Belfast, after Rise on Broadway Roundabout.

The sculpture is the result of six years of planning, development and eventual fabrication. Made of stainless steel and cast bronze, she spirals upwards and holds aloft "the ring of thanksgiving". The globe at her feet indicates the universal philosophy of peace, harmony and thanksgiving, and has marked on its surface the cities where the people and industries of Belfast migrated and exported to.

The sculpture was fabricated by P.F. Copeland of Newtownabbey, who worked from original scale maquettes by Scott, with the bronze globe cast by Beltane Studios in Peebles.

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