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Video: Belfast's new 'Origin' raindrop sculpture impresses...but name baffles


A stainless steel raindrop is to be unveiled as Belfast's newest piece of public art.

The six-metre tall sculpture, known as Origin overlooks Belfast from Squire's Hill Cavehill Country Park and will be visible from across the city.

When illuminated at night the raindrop will appear to float.

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

This cross-community partnership between Cultúrlann and the Spectrum Centre celebrated the river that gave rise to the city of Belfast.

Artist Patricia Lavery from Solas Creative explains, “The importance of the Farset River, and the life force which it gives to the people of Belfast is portrayed in the form of a granite ‘ripple’ at the sculpture’s base. Everything radiates out from the centre, just as a drop hits the water surface. The ripples represent the linen industry, foundries, the hard working communities that built and shaped Belfast."

Our roving reporter asked the Belfast public what they think of the sculpture and its name.

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