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Maurice Harron

New C.S. Lewis inspired sculptures set for East Belfast

29 June 2015

Author C.S. Lewis is to be honoured with a series of public art pieces inside a civic square being developed near his east Belfast birthplace.

Renowned Derry~Londonderry-born Artist Maurice Harron has been commissioned by Belfast City Council to create the installations, with work due to get underway shortly and the sculptures expected to be in place by Summer 2016.

Maurice Harron C.S. Lewis sculptures

The new space, currently under construction at Holywood Arches as part of the 9km Connswater Community Greenway project, will be brought to life with six sculptures inspired by classic children’s novel The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. They will represent Mr Tumnus, Mr and Mrs Beaver, the White Witch, the Stone Table, Jewel the Unicorn and the highlight, a three metre tall sculpture of Aslan the lion.

Story panels and QR code technology will encourage visitors to read more about the characters and their creator.

The area around the planned civic square already boosts strong links to Lewis, who was born in Dundela Avenue and grew up in nearby Strandtown. It is home to The Searcher, a bronze recreation of Narnia’s famous wardrobe, while new facade art was recently installed by community groups to celebrate the author’s literary achievements.

The space itself is expected become a focal point for outdoor performances, markets and other community events when it opens in Spring 2016. 

Harron has created numerous pieces of public art around Ireland, including Let the Dance Begin (better known as 'The Tinnies') in Strabane in County Tyrone, Hands Across the Divide in his native Derry~Londonderry, The Gaelic Chieftain in County Roscommon, several artworks as part of the Limavady Sculpture Trail, and The Flying Angel on Princes Dock Street, Belfast.

Let the Dance Begin ('The Tinnies'), Strabane, County Tyrone

Hands Across the Divide, Derry~Londonderry

Limavady Sculpture Trail
Lig-na-Paiste: The Last Serpent in Ireland, Feeny Picnic Site, Limavady Sculpture Trail

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