11th Mar 2020 in Arts

A unique and custom made production by local Belfast artist Keith Drury has taken pride of place in the lobby of Ramada by Wyndham Belfast as it was officially unveiled today (Wednesday 11 March).

The unique artwork titled ‘Down the Farset’ is the largest piece Keith has ever produced and provides a tour of the city without having to leave the hotel.

Its colourful design features a range of iconic Belfast buildings including Belfast Cathedral, Albert Memorial Clock and the River Farset, which is contained within a tunnel under Belfast’s High Street.

Artist Keith Drury, said: “My inspiration is simply to celebrate the city and to encourage a positive view of the places where we live and work in this piece.


“Béal Feirste (Belfast) means ‘mouth of the sandbank’ and was named after this very river so it was important for me to feature it. The quirky tunnel featured at the bottom of the piece reminds people of what might be underneath the city. For example, the old Victorian toilets in front of City Hall can actually still be accessed and I’ve also included a hobbit door, along with a badger and fox to appeal to people’s imagination of a secret, fascinating underworld below Belfast.

“It’s an honour to have my work incorporated into the recent refurbishment of Ramada by Wyndham Belfast with this specially created piece. The hotel is in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter, which is incorporated into part of the artwork so it is very fitting that the hotel is home to this production.”

Marc McCrae, General Manager of Ramada by Wyndham Belfast, said: “We love the vibrant cityscapes within Keith’s portfolio and this unique, large scale piece has become a real talking point for both colleagues and guests alike.

“Many of the iconic buildings featured in this artwork are on our doorstep including Belfast Cathedral itself which is seconds away from our front door so we’re delighted to be home to this fantastic production.”

Locals and visitors are welcome to view the new artwork within the lobby of the Ramada by Wyndham Belfast on 20 Talbot Street, or to browse and purchase work by artist Keith Drury, please visit www.keithdruryart.com.

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