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Deluxe Belfast supercar DeLorean is now a work of art

The showstopping DeLorean sports car with its distinctive gull-wing door
The showstopping DeLorean sports car with its distinctive gull-wing door
French sculptor Cyril Hatt with one of his previous lifesize car replicas made from a montage of photos

By Joanne Sweeney

It's Belfast's famous DeLorean car like you've never seen it before.

A full-scale replica of the eye-catching Back to the Future star - made from dozens of aluminium plates printed with photos of the car taken from every angle - is to be unveiled in a unique art project in the city in June.

And just as production workers at the former Dunmurry plant used to autograph parts of the original sports cars before assembly, 150 past employees of tycoon John DeLorean will gather to add their own unique messages to the photographic aluminium plates that will form the sculpture.

The DeLorean sculpture is the centrepiece of this year's Belfast Photo Festival and will be on show at City Hall from June 6-30.

"This has never been done before and there is a chance that the sculpture will also tour in Paris and Dubai later this year," said festival director Michael Weir.

"French artist Cyril Hatt, who will be creating the structure, normally uses paper photographs. This is the first time he will be working with photos on sheet metal.

"There is worldwide interest in the DMC-12 because of the Back to the Future films but a lot of people still don't know that the original car was made in Belfast, so this is a fantastic opportunity to combine sculpture and photography in a way that highlights this famous car."

The sculpture will cost around £6,500 to build and the festival organisers are asking supporters to contribute to its construction in order to get a piece of Belfast automotive history when the exhibit is finally dismantled.

The wooden framework of the DMC-12 to which the aluminium photo plates will be attached will be created by Belfast sculptor Robert Anderson and Scottish sculptor Jonathan Hickey. The artwork's unveiling will take place 35 years after the first DMC-12 rolled off the production line in May 1980 and 30 years after the release of the first of the Back to the Future movies.


The DMC-12 was created and produced by American car company DeLorean in Belfast in the 1980s. It became world- famous after being featured in the Back to the Future movie trilogy, although the company had ceased to exist before the first film was made. Only 8,000 cars were made and the firm went into receivership after just two years of production.

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