Grammy Award winner Van Morrison’s name has now gone to the wall in a new public artwork which aims to bring Belfast’s Botanic Gardens history to life.
The 27-metre long (29-yard) artwork illustrates some of the most memorable moments of the gardens, from its opening in 1828.
Award-winning illustrator Peter Strain was commissioned by Belfast City Council to create the piece to surround the Tropical Ravine while its £3.8 million restoration is completed.
The artwork stretches across the great lawn, almost to the Ulster Museum.
Councillor Sian O’Neill, deputy chairperson of Belfast City Council’s people and communities committee, said: “This is a really fascinating piece of art which captures some of Botanic Gardens’ most iconic events and fantastic sights, including a hot air balloon ascent, the ‘King of Niagara’ Charles Blondin carrying a man across a tightrope on his back, and U2’s performance in 1997.”
She added: “When the Tropical Ravine reopens next year, it will be another must-see attraction for Belfast.
“It’s wonderful that so many of the park’s visitors’ memories have been captured in this artwork – which demonstrates what a magical place Botanic Gardens is.”