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Shankill sculpture aims to inspire locals with message of hope

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Remember, respect and resolution.

They are only three little words, but cut into a new sculpture which has been planted in the heartland of Ulster loyalism, they represent so much more.

The 4.7m tall stainless steel triptych created by artist Lesley Cherry is part of a ‘re-imaging’ project aimed at toning down the war-like image of some communities in Northern Ireland.

It is hoped this latest sculpture, replacing a contentious mural of Oliver Cromwell on the Shankill estate, will inspire locals, restore community pride and help create hope for a more normal, stable future.

First Minister Peter Robinson, North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds and Housing Minister Nelson McCausland were among those attending yesterday’s unveiling.

Mr Robinson said the new artwork “reflected the minds of the people” in an area which had suffered so much during the Troubles.

The £3.3m re-imaging communities programme was launched in 2006 by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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