A portrait of an anonymous local girl photographed by the artist in the process of making a pure and simple wish for the future. The girl is one of the first children born into mixed Protestant/Catholic Families.
Spanning an 11 acre site in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, the photographic image of this girl – made of topsoil, sand, grass and stones – can be seen from various locations around Belfast. This innovative public artwork pushes boundaries and uses cutting edge technologies, making it one of the most ambitious land art projects in the world.
Making WISH was no easy task. With 30,000 wooden stakes, 2,000 tonnes of soil, and 2,000 tonnes of sand, the WISH team had just four weeks to complete one of the largest realistic portraits the world has ever seen.
Working at very large scales becomes a personal challenge but it also allows me to bring attention to important social issues, the size of the piece is intrinsic to the value of its message. Creativity is always applied in order to define an intervention made only with local materials, with no environmental impact, that work in harmony with the location.
WISH was created by the artist, in partnership with the city of Belfast and its people. It would not have been possible without the hundreds of hours contributed by volunteers – from individuals to community groups – and the generosity and support of local businesses and contractors including McLAughlin & Harvey, P.T McWilliams, Tobermore and Lagan Construction who donated expertise, materials, tools, machinery, staff, soil, sand and stones all free of charge. The land was donated by Titanic Quarter Limited and The Titanic Foundation.