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Belfast sculpture Origin voted UK's worst piece of public art by the Spectator

A Belfast sculpture has been named as the UK's worst piece of public art by one upmarket magazine.

The six-metre tall £100,000 sculpture, known as Origin overlooks Belfast from Squire's Hill Cavehill Country Park.

But now the Spectator has now bestowed the piece with title of the 'What's That Thing?' award for 2017.

The publication has said it is a “clumsy, aggressive, cheap-looking new sculpture overlooking Belfast”.

Conceived by Solas Creative artist team with input from local communities, ‘Origin’ formed a key part of the Farset Project.

The 11-metre high structure was funded by Creative Belfast, a partnership between Belfast City Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, which invested £900,000 in seven large-scale projects showcasing the city's cultural heritage.

But Origin, which cost £100,000, has attracted poor reviews, with one critic accusing the project of "financial frippery".

Its manufacture used four square meters of toughened Narima glass, 200 meters of stainless steel, 250 kilos of other glass, three tons of steel and two tons of granite.

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