AISLING AN PHOBAIL
This major artwork, the biggest-ever in West Belfast, will welcome visitors to the Gaeltacht Quarter and celebrate the Irish language. The installation is inspired by the visual imagery of the St Brigid’s Cross, Ireland’s most iconic symbol of peace. ARdMackel Architects, were commissioned to create the artwork alongside Irish America’s great artist, Brian Ó Doherty, and Robert Ballagh, one of Ireland’s best known artists.
The piece is conceived as a modulation of the form of a labyrinth, articulated by a subtle lighting scheme (framed by the space and architectural detail of the park) and enriched at hand and eye level by local place names abstracted on finely cut local stone. Belfast placenames — from all parts of the city, Baile Uí Mhurchú/Ballymurhpy as much as Shankill/ Sean Chill, to stress the shared nature of our linguistic heritage — is inscribed in the stone.