Penny for your Thoughts

Sculpture ~ Penny for your Thoughts
Artist ~ Peter Rooney

One of several pieces entitled ‘Penny for your Thoughts’, by Peter Rooney, they act as dual purpose sculptures and at the corner of Gordon Street and Dunbar Street they are used as bollards. This first example depicts one of Belfast’s best-known citizens – Henry Joy McCracken

The work reflects the commercial activity that was at the base of the development of Belfast and the Cathedral Quarter.

Peter Rooney was born in Belfast in 1954. He received his BA (Hons) from University of Ulster in silversmithing and jewellery and then his Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Arts with particular interest in ‘Public Art’.

Monied bollards aid parking for monied cars!

This tile informs us that it is part of Laganside Art Trail.  It marks the location of the town ditch and gate into Belfast in 17th century.

I will return to this spot in the near future.

8 thoughts on “Penny for your Thoughts

  1. Grannymar Post author

    Ramana – They make unusual bollards.

    Alice – All the recent photos of ‘openings’ and sculpture, were taken during the day time in early December. Foot traffic was more concentrated on the shopping areas, although it was very light this year.

  2. Grannymar Post author

    Pseu – They would make very large money boxes…. I would need a team of toyboys to take them to a bank! 😆

    Tilly – At this rate…. I will need a very large bus!!

  3. Helen

    I’m always amazed at the amount of public art in Belfast. Perhaps I’m not paying attention but there’s nowhere near as much in Sydney. Love em.

  4. Grannymar Post author

    Helen – In recent years fresh sculpture has appeared all over Ireland. We have a great variety and I enjoy finding and sharing it.


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