Raising the Titanic in Victoria Square
A spectacular sculpture of the Titanic made from 14,000 balloons has been installed in Victoria Square, Belfast in a quirky tribute to the historic ship.
The impressive 45ft balloon sculpture of the Titanic has been suspended from the ceiling in Victoria Square, Belfast as part of the landmark retail and leisure destination’s efforts to mark the centenary of the famous ship. The balloon replica is a 1/22 scale model of the Titanic and was devised and created by Worldwide Balloon Décor artist, Fiona Fisher and her team, based in Portadown.
On Monday 2nd April, the massive aluminum framework for the structure was delivered to Victoria Square, Belfast where the final assembly took place over a period of four days, awing passersby during the week. On Thursday 5th April, the final sculpture was hoisted up and suspended above the main shopping mall where it will remain for a period of two to three weeks.
The stunning sculpture was commissioned by Victoria Square as part of its partnership with the Titanic Foundation to commemorate the Titanic centenary and is part of a series of events and exhibitions taking place in Victoria Square during the month-long Titanic celebrations.
Locally based WH Scott Lifting, who have links to Harland & Wolff going back over 100 years to when Titanic was built in Belfast, installed the winch, which was used to winch the structure up.
Commenting on the novel project, Hugh Black, centre manager, Victoria Square said: “Victoria Square is proud to partner with Worldwide Balloon Décor to bring this striking tribute to the Titanic to the heart of Belfast city. As Northern Ireland’s premier retail and leisure destination, we felt it was important that Victoria Square played its part in the centenary celebrations and we have partnered with Titanic Foundation to create a suite of events and exhibitions to commemorate Titanic throughout April. We hope that residents and visitors to the city will take great pleasure in seeing this remarkable piece of art and we thank Fiona and her team for their exceptionally hard work in bringing this project from concept to completion.”
Fiona Fisher, Worldwide Balloon Décor added: “We have travelled the world creating large-scale balloon decorations but this is one project that we are particularly proud of, given the heritage and significance of Titanic in Northern Ireland. The project has been in development for a number of months now and we are delighted to see the final sculpture raised up in Victoria Square; we look forward to thousands of people across Northern Ireland enjoying the finished piece over the coming weeks.”
In addition to the Titanic Balloon model, Victoria Square is currently hosting a Titanic themed art exhibition in partnership with the Belfast Print Workshop. A 3D hording of the famous Titanic Staircase has also been installed on the lower ground floor, which allows visitors to Victoria Square to have their picture taken in front of it for their own Titanic momento.