The colossus of Coleraine

By Peter Winter

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By Peter Winter

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Ulster University has revealed plans to erect a giant statue to mark the 50th anniversary of its Coleraine campus.

The 30ft sculpture will be installed at the Lodge Road roundabout if approved by planners.

According to Provost, Professor Karisse Hutchinson, it will reflect the university's “unique and continued contribution to the area”.

Designed by a local artist, Sara Cunningham-Bell, it depicts a student dressed in a gradation gown holding aloft a quadrant representing research, innovation and inventiveness.

Gathered a round the figure's feet are objects reflecting academia, research, music and sporting achievement.

Inscribed in the base are quotations form the university's grand opening event in 1968 and the first graduation ceremony in 1970.

The proposed sculpture is the subject of a planing application lodged earlier this month.

Professor Hutchinson said: “The public art sculpture project is designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ulster University at Coleraine.

“The sculpture will be designed by and for the community under the direction of local visual artist Sara Cunningham-Bell.

“The project, in tandem with partners Garfield Weston Trust, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and the Honourable the Irish Society, will involve local school and wider community engagement and will reflect the University’s unique and continued contribution to the local area.”

The University says the complete project will be delivered and sourced locally and developed through community engagement.

It will celebrate local business and become a landmark for tourism marking the entrance to Coleraine.

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