Botanic art goes totally tropical

Artist Peter Strain and poet Emma Must took inspiration from local people and the writing of children and park users Artist Peter Strain and poet Emma Must took inspiration from local people and the writing of children and park users
By Brónach Ní Thuama

BOTANIC Gardens Tropical Ravine is taking a trip down memory lane in its new 27-metre long artwork

Artist Peter Strain and poet Emma Must were commissioned by Belfast City Council to create artwork to surround the Tropical Ravine while its £3.8 million restoration is completed. The artwork stretches across the great lawn, almost to the Ulster Museum. The artists drew inspiration from the memory of over 400 people and also creative writing from local schoolchildren, residents and park users.

Alliance Councillor Sian O’Neill, Deputy Chairperson of Belfast City Council’s People and Communities Committee, said she’s excited by the attractive new artwork.

“When the Tropical Ravine reopens next year, it will be another must-see attraction for Belfast. It’s wonderful that so many of the park’s visitors’ memories have been captured in this artwork, which demonstrates what a magical place Botanic Gardens is and builds excitement for this coming new era for Botanic.”

Belfast City Council has contributed £1.5 million to the restoration project as part of its Investment Programme. The Heritage Lottery is contributing £2.3 million towards the refurbishment and the Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens have also contributed generously to the repairs. The work is being carried out by McAleer and Teague.

For more information on the restoration of the Tropical Ravine, visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/tropicalravine

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