“local people will have an opportunity to vote for a new centrepiece for Arthur Square”

The Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie has announced a £16million programme to “transform 14 of Belfast’s main streets and public spaces.” It seems to actually be the implementation of a 2006 Departmental Action Plan. And included in that bill will be £500,000 to be used in commissioning a number of new public artworks.. worryingly, the public will be able to vote on one of those artworks *shakes head*According to the statement the public vote will be for the artwork destined for Arthur Square

“Belfast already has some good examples of public art such as the sculpture at Thanksgiving Square at Laganside,” she said.

“To complement our new streets, I intend to invest £500,000 in commissioning a number of new artworks.

“Later this year, local people will have an opportunity to vote for a new centrepiece for Arthur Square, one of the main public spaces in Belfast.”

There are also plenty of bad examples..