The Titanic Belfast Exhibition in Northern Ireland sits on the original Harland and Wolff dock that the RMS Titanic was built. It is a stunning modern building located on Queen’s Island, an area of land at the entrance of Belfast Lough which was reclaimed from the water in the mid-19th century. It was used for many years by the shipbuilders Harland and Wolff, who built huge slipways and graving docks to accommodate the simultaneous construction of Olympic and Titanic.
The building’s design is intended to reflect Belfast’s history of shipmaking and the industrial legacy bequeathed by Harland & Wolff. Its angular form recalls the shape of ships’ prows, with its main “prow” angled down the middle of the Titanic and Olympic slipways towards the River Lagan.
In front of the building is Titanica, a sculpture by Rowan Gillespie depicting a diving female figure. Made of bronze, it is mounted on a brass base, evoking the design of figureheads on ships’ prows, and is meant to represent hope and positivity. The figure was dedicated by representatives of the Anglican, Catholic, Methodist and Presbyterian churches on 27 March 2012, a few days before the opening of Titanic Belfast.
The exhibition was designed by London-based exhibition designers, Event Communications, and consists of nine interpretative and interactive galleries. In the shipyard section of the exhibition a six-seater car which takes the visitor on an impressive interactive ride through a recreation of a shipyard which moves through a scale replica of Titanic‘s enormous rudder.
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