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Belfast Wish artwork in Titanic Quarter voted a top satellite image

BY LINDA STEWART

A spectacular artwork in Belfast's Titanic Quarter which is only visible from above has been named one of the world's best satellite images.

Wish, spanning an 11-acre site on the edge of the Abercorn Basin, was designed by Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada for the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's last year.

The huge image of the face of an anonymous six-year-old girl was created by a small army of volunteers who shifted topsoil, sand, grass and stones.

The artwork was one of the most ambitious land art projects in the world. However, it took just four weeks to complete, requiring 30,000 wooden stakes, 2,000 tonnes of soil and 2,000 tonnes of sand.

Wish has now been named runner-up in Digital Globe's Top Image of the Year contest.

It was just pipped to the post by a striking image of Mount Vesuvius, a volcano lying east of Naples which was responsible for the destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum in ancient times.

It beat off competition from shots of Galesnjak in Croatia, the Citadel of Aleppo in Syria and the Colorado River in Utah.

Belfast Festival director Richard Wakely said the artwork had a massive impact right around the globe, being covered in Time Magazine, CBS, ABC news and even in a Saturday Night Live skit.

"It encapsulates not just where the festival is going, but for those outside Northern Ireland where we as a society might be looking to go in the future as well," he said.

Further reading

How Belfast got stuck in to make artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada's Wish come true

It's a gargantuan creation of epic scale in Belfast, but who is the local girl pictured in this amazing work?

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