POTD – Balls

The new sculpture by Wolfgang Buttress entitled The Balls on the Falls Rise nears completion

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  • Drumlins Rock

    Balls to you too…

    Saw it almost completed coming down the M1 yesterday and think it looks well, as the main “entrance” to the city something of this scale is needed, if anything it maybe should be even bolder with some colour introduced. It possibly is more over powering coming down the Donegal road, and certainly hilights the urban blight at that end of The Village area, btw. I saw the firebrigade at this site and suspect the bonfire may have had a premature ignition.

  • Mick Fealty

    I’d be interested in further comment on that last line of yours DR… (just remember, this site is about civil/robust *engagement*)…

  • dwatch

    Is it not to be Illuminated at night with beams of light?

  • I think so dwatch but so was thon Spirit of Belfast stainless steel monstrosity at Cornmarket (and it isn’t)

  • Nunoftheabove

    They’ve borrowed/nicked the “Welcome To Hell” bit off Galatasaray surely, assuming that they’re unaware and/or remain understandably unmoved by the 1981 album of that name by the delightful Tyneside popsters Venom (which, as the more au fait readers will recall, includes the track “One Thousand Days in Sodom”).

    I’m going with Galatasaray though – probably the Souness connection 😉

  • For added cliché quotient, consider this (from The Sun, 2nd July 2010):

    We trudged through Afghanistan’s heat and dust to reach a desperately dangerous British outpost — and were told: “Welcome to Hell.”

  • Nunoftheabove

    …..”(burn baby burn) gratum inferno” ?

  • damon

    I don’t like it. It may work when driving past in a car, but going past on foot, over the roundabout, it’s actually quite annoying I have found.

  • SethS

    I think it’s ace. Just a shame it isn’t bigger.

  • This image reminds me of the Branson hot air balloon descending into the sea off Rathlin Island in 1987 – and a joke about letting a prick near a balloon!!

  • I do like it and once the area is cleared i will post a better photograph of it. I think that it may well attract some attention from the feral yoof (of either side). It is crying out to be climbed.

  • damon

    ” It is crying out to be climbed.”

    And have a flag stuck on it?

  • Hopping The Border

    DR is right, it looks good as a monument at the main city entrance.

    I presume they will remove the yellow frame in the middle and light it up at night?

  • pippakin

    Am I the only one who thinks it looks out of place? it looks to me as though its been dumped in the middle of a debris. A bit lost.

  • pippakin,

    You need to go to the area. I can’t count the number of times I stood at the site at the entrance to the motorway thumbing a lift. My best experience was being given a lift by Patrick Moore of the Sky at night fame in his Rolls Royce.
    As MP says, he will repost when the construction debris is removed.

  • Hello Joe

    Not as comfortable but he really should have been driving an astra to the observatory at Armagh.

  • Good one, articles. Unfortunately, Astras were introduced in 1979. My lift was around 1967. I had a great conversation for an hour or so (he went out of his way as a favour) with Sir Patrick about the solar system and his TV program. It boosted my nascent interest in astronomy which lasts ’til today.

  • pippakin


    I have driven past it but I have to confess I’m not a good enough driver to pay attention to the scenery and tbh I can’t see that changing in this lifetime! I don’t like motorways and avoid them where possible. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the first car I drove was a Ford Anglia…. I have driven in a Rolls but again I can’t say I gave that much thought either!

  • babyface finlayson

    It is indeed crying out to be climbed. Its like the Mount Everest of forbidden climbing frames.
    But who will plant the first flag ? Hillary the hun or Tenzing the taig?
    I think I like it now, though I didn’t want to.

  • Fearglic

    the completed model has been on display in the Park Centre for quite a while. i was pleased to see it grow and come to (near)completion, it is class and we should have more. it reminds me of Barcelona and the fact that they have monuments or arty structures everywhere..
    PS has any one seen the structure at the front of the Old Beechmount Leisure Centre/Colláiste Béalfeirste on the Falls?. I like that too.

  • the debate over public art runs and runs…..the 8 copper things on Donegal Place cost £50k each and were commissioned by DRD with no artists involved. Imagine what we could have had instead of those bloody things

  • Amusing anecdote related to the nickname: In the 60s there was a small shop on Stockman’s Lane near the motorway exit roundabout. I was in one day and chatted with the owner. He told me that, in the summertime, he got at least a couple of visitors who came into the shop to find exact direction to the waterfalls. They were usually Americans and they left the motorway when they saw the huge sign saying

  • slanghammer

    It like Belfast’s answer to “Project Pandora”
    If you don’t know Google it!

  • Drumlins Rock

    secret mind control?