Sunday, 15 April 2012

Titanic Memorial Garden

I cycled into town today in order to see the new Titanic Memorial Garden at Donegall Square East, within the grounds of City Hall, Belfast. 

It was a fine, sunny morning, with many people enjoying the occasion and, indeed, the great city of Belfast.

The Queen's Most Excellent Majesty, VICTORIA, stands augustly in front of the great portico, keeping watch over the grounds and Donegall Place.

The brand new Titanic Memorial Garden is beautiful, a fitting tribute to those who perished aboard RMS Titanic a century ago.

Within the grounds, I spotted a little goldfinch singing merrily on a branch, just above a family with an infant. I pointed the tiny song-bird out to them.

The splendid bronze of Lord Pirrie stands directly behind the Garden.

Belfast was proud, respectful and reflective today in the bright spring sunshine.


Anonymous said...

Hmmm I can't help but wonder at the visual impact of those huge hunks of grey granite adorned with the most ghastly typeface imaginable around something so haunting and ethereal as Brock's memorial and unfortunately feel that both the delicate poignancy of the memorial group along with the buttoned-up elegance of the portland stone City Hall will be severly compromised by this rather brutal addition. I have yet to see it in person however and thus hope it is not as intrusive at is appears.

Timothy Belmont said...

Brock's memorial is noble and rather poignant. I took the photo of it because I admire it immensely.


Gavin Bamford said...

I read the inscription on Pirrie's bronze today and in particular the lower section to his wife. I think I recall it says something like 'below here lies buried ...'. By any chance would it have come from a grave?

Gavin Bamford said...

And I just followed your link that say's it was moved from the City Cemetery. Very interesting story.

Timothy Belmont said...

Indeed, Gavin, they are both interred at the City Cemetery, Belfast.