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Thousands marvel at Derry's towering temple

By Donna Deeney

Temple, the radical arts project which is dominating the skyline of the Waterside in Londonderry, has attracted thousands of people since it opened to the public last Saturday.

Dozens of poignant messages have already been written on the intricate woodwork of the 70-foot structure.

These will be burned next Saturday, symbolising letting go of the past and those very personal painful memories.

David Best, the artist famous for the buildings he creates for the annual Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert, was on site yesterday as a steady flow of people made their way to and around this powerful artwork.

He said: "The first person to come here was a woman from the Fountain, a Protestant woman who lived in a locked-in Protestant community and she walked in and started crying.

"There have been lots of tears since. It has been a privilege to be able to talk to people about things they have lost, people they have lost and they have shared some of the most painful and important parts of their lives."

A delegation from the Warrington Peace Foundation also visited Temple yesterday.

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