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Inspiring Belfast interface art offers a path to peace that's streets ahead

By Nadejda Vidinova

It's north Belfast from an angle never seen before.

For the first time in three decades, security barriers at a contentious interface between Crumlin Road and Flax Street have been opened to make way for a pioneering new piece of art.

The Ambulatorio Belfast installation was unveiled yesterday amid torrential rain at the historic ‘no man’s land’. The brainchild of internationally renowned Colombian artist Oscar Munoz, the work comprises aerial maps of north Belfast sealed under a layer of cracked glass.

The shards of glass divide the grainy photographs which can be seen by visitors walking across it.

Commissioned by the Golden Thread Gallery in Belfast and the London 2012 Festival, Peter Richards, artist and director at Golden Thread Gallery, said the idea is “to look down on a city and reconfigure it, so you can walk across and experience it”.

Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín officially unveiled the artwork.

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