The Face by artist Kevin Killen, is part of the “If Walls Could Talk” project,West Belfast,Northern Ireland, UK
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Dimensions:3648 x 5472 px | 30.9 x 46.3 cm | 12.2 x 18.2 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:20 October 2016
Location:Cupar Way, West Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK BT13
A sculptural metal wall panel designed by young people from the Greater Shankill was installed on one of Northern Ireland’s most famous peace walls today. Funded by the Arts Council led Re-imaging Communities programme, the large scale artwork was officially unveiled by Arts Minister Nelson McCausland. The artwork, inspired by ideas presented by the local community, depicts a face, made up of dozens of smaller images themed around Belfast’s industrial heritage. Created by artist Kevin Killen, ‘The Face’ has been installed on one of Belfast’s most recognisable landmarks, the peace wall which divides the Shankill Road from the Falls Road at Cupar Way. Arts Minister, Nelson McCausland said: "This sculpture is a good example of how the arts have the power to transform a local area. Projects such as 'The Face' create a more welcoming atmosphere and help develop a community where people are proud to live. 'The Face' is part of the If Walls Could Talk programme which aims to create an outdoor art gallery of world-class art pieces and provide a canvas on which to express the rich history and cultural heritage of the area. Re-imaging art projects have been a key element in facilitating positive social change and I congratulate artist Kevin Killen and the participants from Impact Training and the Greater Shankill Alternatives for what they have achieved.” Artist Kevin Killen explained how the artwork was created: “The Face relates to the themes of Belfast industries, working with the young adults in Impact Training, we designed and fabricated the artwork. Being a part of the project was rewarding and insightful to everyone involved. As the group was a part of the process from start to finish they have developed ownership of the artwork, which is an important benefit. I hope that the artwork gives pride to all the participants involved in the project.”