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Money dries up for Belfast’s 'Magic Jug' sculpture

A Stormont department has abandoned plans to splash out £100,000 on a ‘Magic Jug’ sculpture in the centre of Belfast because of budget constraints.

It is understood more than £20,000 has already been spent on the edifice, which would have been located on Fountain Street.

The sculpture was nicknamed The Magic Jug and was commissioned by the then Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie in March 2009.

Standing over five|metres tall, it was to be based on an antique Irish water jug from 1700. News that it has been abandoned comes after Ms Ritchie’s successor, Alex Attwood, warned that urban regeneration would suffer|because of cuts in his budget.

Belfast-based artist Daniel Jewesbury welcomed Mr Attwood's decision, claiming the piece was “boring” and badly sited.

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