13 November 2008
Flagship public art sculpture unveiled in Belfast
A design plan for the biggest public art sculpture in Belfast, which will be situated at a main gateway
to the city, has been unveiled.
„Rise‟ will be built at Broadway Roundabout by the artist Wolfgang Buttress and will stand at 123 ft
high (37.5 metres) by 98.4ft wide (30 metres).
The breathtaking globe shaped white and silver aluminium sculpture - a representation of a new sun
rising to celebrate a new chapter in the history of Belfast - will be visible from several miles away
when it is constructed in 2009.
The sculpture will be funded by Belfast City Council, the Department for Social Development and the
National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Following in the footsteps of Glasgow and Barcelona, which are renowned for their public art, „Rise‟
will be a landmark piece of art for Belfast, the largest structure of its kind in the city.
Wolfgang Buttress was selected after intense competition from more than 40 artists from Ireland, the
United Kingdom and internationally. An experienced artist and sculptor from Birmingham, he has
produced public art pieces for cities across the United Kingdom and has had exhibitions from as far
away as Japan and the USA.
Lord Mayor Councillor Tom Hartley said:
“More than two million vehicles travel past the roundabout at Broadway every month. This sculpture
will be a welcoming beacon to Belfast for local people and tourists. It is symbolic of the revitalisation
of Belfast and will be timeless.”
Wolfgang Buttress said:
“I am very pleased and honoured to be given the opportunity to create this new artwork for the people
of Belfast. I am looking forward to forging new relationships and cementing existing ones. I hope that
the symbol of the rising sun will be inspiring. This sculpture will work on many levels and will be
appreciated both intimately and from afar.”
The sculptor will now be encouraging input from local people living near the landmark sculpture. He
will be holding creative workshops with groups from the Greater Village and St James‟ areas of
Belfast City Council has been leading on the plans for the new sculpture with strong support and
funding from the Department for Social Development (Regeneration Directorate) and the National
Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland as well as advice and assistance from DRD