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Life's a Journey, Belfast
Philip Bews Diane Gorvin
Sculpture for public sites


Life's a Journey

Knockbreda Health and Wellbeing Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Commissioned by The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. Building designed by Todd Architects

Materials - bronze, stainless steel, LED lighting , cast concrete, height 4.8m, length 4m, width 315mm. Bronze head modelled by Diane in clay and wax - cast by Castle Fine Arts Foundry. Design/technical drawings of the stainless steel boat and plinth with internal conduits and housings for the LEDs by Phil - boat fabricated by Metalcraft Engineering Ltd, polished concrete plinth, with granite and black basalt aggregate, cast by Creagh Concrete Ltd, LED lighting strip by ILight Technologies USA.

The theme embodies the idea of a journey, the bronze figurehead has a crowd of butterflies around the head, showing the consolations of nature, bringing a sense of happiness and wellbeing. Workshops held later with staff resulted in their making butterfly sculptures to decorate the entrance to the staffroom.

© Diane Gorvin Philip Bews 2020