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Steel raises the Belfast skyline

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Designed by artist Wolfgang Buttress, a new 37.5m high steel sculpture is currently taking shape in Belfast city centre.

Working on behalf of main contractor Graham Construction, Highland Galvanizers & Colour Coaters has been contracted to protect all of the steelwork for the RISE sculpture.

The team at Highland have colour coated 1,600 steel discs (400mm x 8mm) and 2,400 steel poles (average length 2m) in textured white, using its innovative Colourgalv system.

Paul McCafferty, Sales Director at Highland Galvanizers & Colour Coaters said: “Coating the Belfast RISE sculpture has allowed Highland to continue and extend its work with cutting edge artists throughout the UK. “Wolfgang’s creations are tremendously impressive and RISE in particular has such a strong and positive message.

The new sculpture is not only the largest sculpture to pass through Highland’s hands, it will be the tallest piece of public art in Northern Ireland, dwarfing the Beacon of Hope which stands at 19.5 metres high.

Belfast City Council hopes RISE will be embraced as a symbol for the city and help to revitalise the area by bringing new focus and projecting a vibrant and confident image of Belfast.

All steelwork was fabricated and erected by M Hasson & Sons.

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