Belfast Telegraph

Titanic workers sculpture unveiled

A sculpture of three workers from the Belfast shipyard which built the Titanic has been unveiled.

The bronze by Irish artist Ross Wilson depicts the Harland and Wolff staff walking home in a tribute to the industrial legacy and folk history of the workforce within East Belfast.

It is framed in the background by the shipyard cranes, Samson and Goliath, and is situated on the Newtownards Road.

Mr Wilson said: "This sculpture celebrates the legacy of shipbuilding in Belfast, the hopes, the dreams, the achievements by generations of working men, yardmen.

"These Titanic yardmen are responsible for creating the most iconic ship in maritime history, through them history and myth are now riveted together. It was a dream for me to be the sculptor involved in this iconic community sculpture."

The unveiling of the sculpture marks the completion of East Belfast Partnership's Re-Imaging Newtownards Road project which also involved the removal of sectarian pictures at the Short Strand/Lower Newtownards Road interface. Some of the most contentious murals in the area were replaced with "No More" and "Ship of Dreams" community artwork.

First Minister Peter Robinson said: "East Belfast should be immensely proud today. The work of the men behind the Titanic was driven by an ethic of diligence; vision and determination.

"This is an ethic which we had been transporting across the world for 200 years before Titanic and which we continue to sell to the world today, in 2012."

Mervyn Gibson, chairman of the East Belfast Partnership, added: "This Re-imaging Project helped the communities of East Belfast celebrate the rich tradition of shipbuilding that was an integral part of daily life for generations who lived in this part of the city."

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