If you walk along the Lagan River in Belfast, then you’ll come across the Beacon of Hope, an impressive 19.5 metre high metal sculpture! Installed on the city’s docks, it is a true symbol for the city, and represents hope and universal peace… A message that echoes the conflict in Northern Ireland!
The Beacon of Hope is signed by the artist Andy Scott. Its creation as well as its installation, makes it one of the most expensive works of art in Belfast: no less than 300 000 pounds sterling!
It must be said that the sculpture was made of stainless steel as well as bronze, and required more than 6 years of work by the artist!
If you pass her, you will see that this sculpture represents a woman standing on the World and holding a ring at arm’s length. According to the sculptor, this ring would symbolize a “ring of thanksgiving”, and the world under her feet “the universal philosophy of peace”.
A nice message, which makes it one of the most emblematic sculptures in the history of Belfast!