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Artwork measuring 27 metres unveiled at Botanic Gardens

By Cate McCurry

Published 18/08/2016

Artist PeterStrain and poet Emma Must next to their artwork
Artist PeterStrain and poet Emma Must next to their artwork

An artwork measuring 27 metres long and illustrating some of the most memorable moments of Belfast's Botanic Gardens over the past 188 years has been unveiled.

Award-winning artist Peter Strain created the piece to surround the Tropical Ravine, which is currently being undergoing a £3.8m restoration.

He drew inspiration from the memories of more than 400 people and the creative writing of children, residents and park users at workshops run by Belfast writer Jan Carson and poet Emma Must. The art captures historical highlights at Botanic, such as the launch of the largest balloon in the world, a performance by the tightrope walker who crossed Niagara Falls, Charles Blondin, and U2's 1997 performance.

To celebrate the installation, a great explorer hunt will be held this Saturday from 11am in the Palm House.

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