Another visit that had to be made to the centre of town gave the opportunity to take pictures of this ceramic installation at the Great Northern Mall. It is a five metre high avalanche of ceramic memorabilia from all over Northern Ireland created by John Kindness in 1989.
It connects all the places to which Ulsterbus goes and in the details there are both painted illustrations and holiday souvenirs. Favourite foods (The Ulster Fry) lies alongside popular drinks (Bushmills Whiskey) and all flow down among the pigs, sheep and leprechauns. The public responded with enthusiasm when an invitation was issued for them to send in items for use in the monument. Some of these are included along with specially fired pieces and the whole thing is an interesting jumble of ideas.
Life is that sort of mixture of memories all flowing together into the future. There was a problem with uploading the rest of the photographs.... they'll appear on http://snapshotsofalife.shutterfly.com/pictures/919 as soon as I can get them to work!
All good gifts around us
are sent from heaven above;
then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord,
for all his love.
Church Hymnal number 47
"We plough the fields" by Matthias Claudius (1740-1815)