Britain's largest portrait is a land-art child giant at the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival

By Culture24 Reporter | 17 October 2013

Spanning 11 acres across Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, the largest land-art portrait in Britain – featuring an anonymous local child made from 30,000 pegs, 2,000 tonnes of soil and 2,000 tonnes of sand – has been unveiled with the help of satellite technology.

An overhead photo of a huge piece of land art made out to look like a child's face
A giant Wish in Belfast© Ulster Bank Belfast Festival
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada says Wish, made with the help of residents using materials, machinery, soil and tools provided by local firms, is the largest he has ever produced.

“I have created work in the States and all over Europe, but this piece in Belfast has been a different experience for me,” says the artist, praising supporters including Northern Ireland’s national fire and rescue service and donors who contributed limestone.

“The people have been overwhelming in their support and belief in the concept.

“When I first started on this work it was only five acres, but it grew both emotionally and physically.

“Now, at 11 acres, it is my largest piece.”

Rodriguez-Gerada calls the finished piece a “fitting tribute” to a city with “so much positivity” on hand.

It has launched the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival, which will present more than 70 performances across the city during the next 11 days.

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A photo of a male artist standing on a balcony in front of a large strip of grassland
Artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada© Ulster Bank Belfast Festival
An overhead photo of a huge piece of land art made out to look like a child's face
Sand, limestone and technical support arrived from local businesses© Ulster Bank Belfast Festival
An overhead photo of a huge piece of land art made out to look like a child's face
The vast artwork aimed to engage the local community© Ulster Bank Belfast Festival
An overhead photo of a huge piece of land art made out to look like a child's face
Belfast hosts an 11-day festival of art and performances© Ulster Bank Belfast Festival
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Brilliant. Great image, great material, great site, all around a major piece of inspirational construction. Best soil art for a long long time...
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