Dancing Tree? Phoenix Rising? Or the Spirit of Belfast?

In June this year the Social Development minister announced that “local people will have an opportunity to vote for a new centrepiece for Arthur Square”. Today the short-listed concepts were announced, and the voting system, which was the topic of some discussion previously, unveiled. You can view some images of the three choices here.. as selected by a Panel made up from representatives from the following organisations: Department for Social Development, Belfast City Council, Planning Service, MDUK (Victoria Square developers), EDAW; (Belfast Streets Ahead design team), Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Arts Council NI, and Royal Society of Ulster Architects. And you can vote online or by visiting the public exhibition at the Lagan Lookout. I’ve added those images below. Personally, I’m not particularly taken by any of them.. but then I didn’t see the long-list.
The three shortlisted concepts are

“Dancing Tree”

“Phoenix Rising”

or the “Spirit of Belfast”

If forced to make a choice.. I’d probably go for the “Dancing Tree”.. reluctantly..

And from the ministerial statement

4. A budget of £200,000 has been allocated for the sculptural piece for Arthur Square.