The Spirit Of Commerce

A ship’s figurehead (perhaps) cranes upwards – as the viewer must also do – in front of a background of decaying tile-work. Perhaps the decay is being left behind? In any case, Belfast City Council thought a suitable symbol of Belfast moving onward and upwards when used the art to announced the Belfast Stories project (tw; see The Rising Place).

The piece is by Irony (tw | ig | Fb | tumblr). According to Adam Turkington, Irony was inspired by “the commercial themes in Ciaran Carson’s many visions of Belfast” (Belfast Live). (Belfast Confetti was the inspiration for emic’s piece in Winecellar Entry.)

In Pottinger’s Entry. There is a separate Visual History page on the Belfast entries and the recent (2020 onward) efforts to beautify them.

See also: The Verticality Of The Divine | Tile Refinery.

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Copyright © 2023 Paddy Duffy

One thought on “The Spirit Of Commerce

  1. paddyduffy 2023-03-23 / 9:14 am

    the link to the pictures and history of the entries is very interesting and puts the paintings into context. thanks

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