How Ian Paisley inspired a glowing neon dove
A huge neon dove of peace has been created by a local artist in response to the controversial new play about Rev Ian Paisley.
Release, a three-metre square bird by Deepa Mann-Kler, will be suspended at the Grand Opera House from the play's opening on October 30.
Paisley & Me is produced by Martin Lynch and written by Belfast-born Ron Hutchinson.
Deepa, from Killyleagh, was appointed artist-in-residence last year with theatre company Green Shoots. This is her fourth piece of work in that role.
She said: “After reading the script, I was challenged as an artist about how I should respond to Paisley. To his 30 years of controversial politics — or to the unprecedented step he took towards peace? I have chosen to focus on what I feel will be his legacy, hence the use of the dove,” she added.
Deepa worked with Adrian McNevison of AM Light in Belfast which has been using neon since 1958.