Titanic Public Art: The Masts
There are so many ways to discover the Titanic experience throughout Belfast, including striking public art.
Donegall Place, Belfast City Centre
Titanic, her sister ships Olympic and Brittanic, and Nomadic are among eight famous Belfast made ships represented by spectacular sculptured masts that line the east side of Donegall Place in the heart of Belfast. Each mast carries a sail which celebrates Belfast’s maritime heritage.
Abercorn Basin, Titanic Quarter
The innovative genius that lay behind the building of Titanic is celebrated in this spectacular see-through 13.5 metres tall bronze structure. A giant modelling kit - using scale replicas of Titanic’s component parts - recreates the legendary liner beside the Abercorn Basin, near where the real ship was built. The £200,000 piece was inspired by the plastic frames of the Airfix model kits. At night it lights up Titanic Quarter with blue and white phosphorous lighting.
Model of Hull
At Titanic's Dock & Pumphouse, Titanic Quarter
A one third size scale model of Titanic’s hull, partially built on the Arrol gantry, can now be seen in Titanic Quarter. Created as part of the Channel 4 and National Geographic television series ‘We built the Titanic’ the structure is a gift to the people of Belfast. A team of engineers built the bow section largely using the traditional methods used in the construction of the ship, though aided by some modern techniques. The TV programme reveals the extraordinary craftsmanship and innovative ideas that were the hallmark of Harland & Wolff during its Edwardian heyday.
Pitt Park, Newtownards Road, East Belfast
A new sculpture which depicts shipyard workers walking home to East Belfast from the docks where they built the Titanic. The sculpture pays tribute to the city's shipbuilding heritage and is set within the timeframe of 1912. It was created by leading Irish artist Ross Wilson and features three bronze workmen on their way home, framed against the backdrop of the iconic Samson and Goliath cranes.