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Narnia sculptures: C.S Lewis to be honoured by local artist in east Belfast development

By Jenny Kirkham

Published 29/06/2015

Artist Maurice Harron with his proposed designs for the Civic Square.
Artist Maurice Harron with his proposed designs for the Civic Square.
Maurice Harron's proposed sculptures.
Visualisation of the civic square, currently under construction at Holywood Arches, as part of the Connswater Community Greenway.

The Chronicles of Narnia author, C.S. Lewis, is to be recognised with a series of public art pieces inside a civic square being developed near his east Belfast birthplace.

The new space, currently under construction at Holywood Arches as part of the Connswater Community Greenway, will be brought to life with six sculptures inspired by classic children’s novel The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

Artist Maurice Harron has been commissioned by Belfast City Council to create the installations, with work due to get underway this month.

The Derry/Londonderry born artist has proposed to include sculptures of literature favourites, Mr Tumnus, Mr and Mrs Beaver and the White Witch. He is also planning to create a three metre high sculpture of Aslan the lion which is anticipated to be the highlight of the display.

Harron has said he is pleased to be part of the development: "I’m delighted to step ‘through the wardrobe’ and take on the challenge of recreating the magic of Narnia, right on C.S. Lewis’ own doorstep. I want to recreate the emotions within Lewis’ world, so that - like Lucy, Edmund, Peter and Susan - you never quite know what’s around the corner.”

The space will mostly be used for outdoor performances and other community events such as markets when it opens to the public in spring 2016. The management of the contract was taken on by Belfast City Council with the agreement of all partners, and all sections are expected to be completed by late 2016.

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