C.S. Lewis Square opens

On Tuesday November 22nd families flocked from near and far to the opening of the C.S. Lewis Square. 

With space for 2000 people it’s the first of its kind in the East with a dedicated public space for events and activities.  Both BBC Newsline and UTV were there interviewing sculptor Maurice Harron, Project Manager Wendy Langham and Guest of Honour Douglas Gresham.

 

 

On the evening seven new sculptures were unveiled. These were commissioned by Irish artist Maurice Harron and were based on characters from The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. 

Local dance company Ajendance helped to unveil the sculptures while Harpist Nodlaig Brolly composed a piece called 'Land of Dreams' which was performed by Alex and Sharpe, Karl McGuckin and Grosvenor Grammar Chamber Choir. 

Guest of honour was C.S. Lewis’ stepson, film and record producer Douglas Gresham who talked about how honoured his step-father would’ve been to see this part of Belfast celebrated. 

As Maurice Harron commented, the C.S. Lewis Square isn't just a Belfast landmark, but a European space. Already since it has opened we’ve been overwhelmed by how popular it’s been with locals and tourists. We're excited to see what the future holds for this landmark. 

The public space will be open 24/7 and fully lit. Free trail maps will be in EastSide Visitor Centre, The Arches Health & Wellbeing Centre, Connswater Community Centre and Holywood Arches Library.