Well the public had the choice of either the Dancing Tree, Phoenix Rising, or Spirit of Belfast.. and, according to the Social Development minister, the SDLP’s Margaret Ritchie, the voting was as follows – “The Spirit of Belfast design received 46.6% of the public vote while Dancing Tree received 28.8% and Phoenix Rising 24.6%.” So Spirit of Belfast it is for Arthur Square. You’ve only yourselves to blame.. Adds That’s 3000 members of the public have spoken.. apparently..
From the notes to the press statement
5. The ‘Spirit of Belfast’ artist, Dan George, is from New York and his public projects span 30 years. He has worked with a variety of public authorities in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and in Ireland on the M7 Kildare, the M25 Wexford and Tobin Street, Cork.
And the Spirit of Belfast once again