Artist creates 11-acre portrait in Belfast field

The portrait, which measures the size of 44 Olympic pools, was made with natural materials. (Click to enlarge.)

(Credit: Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada)

Belfast’s reputation for producing stuff that’s larger than life continues with a monumental artwork that comes a century after the sinking of the Titanic.

“Wish” is a portrait of a local 6-year-old girl that has been carved into an 11-acre field close to where the Harland and Wolff shipyard, birthplace of the massive doomed ship, once stood.

It’s the work of Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, who has been known for creating enormous portraits such as one of Barack Obama on a Barcelona beachfront.

Part of the ongoing Belfast Festival, “Wish” was inspired by a local girl whom the artist met and photographed.

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