Daily Archives: May 27, 2012


Dividers ~ bronze with a stainless steel core
Sculptor: Vivien Burnside

‘Dividers’, simple, familiar hand held tools were key to the designing, constructing and planning which allowed circumnavigation from the city of Belfast.

‘Dividers’ stands like an archway or frame as you stand to look inwards to the newly revived city or outwards to the sea.

Vivien Burnside lives and works in Northern Ireland. She has an MA from the University of Ulster and is an Associate Lecturer at the Belfast Institute. She also works as an arts coordinator in the healthcare sector.
Much of her work is ephemeral: large scale drawings, billboard images and temporary sculptural work. Permanent works include Dividers at Clarendon Dock. Text and themes of communication and change are consistent themes in the artist’s work.

They act as a connecting point referring to communication and navigation, characteristics of the Clarendon Dock area both yesterday and today”.

Belfast Harbour Commissioners Office

Clarendon Dock was built in 1851. It was the birthplace of the ship building industry in Belfast in the 18th century.

Original pump house

Old Graving Dock

The historical Clarendon building built in 1820, was restored along with the adjacent graving docks.

In the 1990’s Belfast Harbour Commission in partnership with Laganside Corporation and with inward investment from the European Union, transformed the 6.1 hectare site for high quality business and residential units. New businesses thrive alongside the old dry docks, where ships were once repaired.

It was in the 19th century that ship building moved across the Lough to Queen’s Island, Further expansion of the harbour downstream left the old dock in the hands of Belfast harbour and Port.

Samson and Goliath are the yellow twin shipbuilding gantry cranes situated at Queen’s Island across the Lough from where I was standing. The one on the left is partially hidden by the new Titanic Experience Centre that all the fuss is about at the moment.

Looking down river towards Belfast Lough that leads to open water and the world beyond.

Retired Propeller