Sliabh Dubh warmly welcomes you with new artwork
Published: Tue, 9 Dec 2014
Residents and visitors to the Sliabh Dubh area off the Springfield Road in West Belfast are now greeted by wonderful artwork at its entrance.
If you are familiar with the Sliabh Dubh area, you will be aware that there is only one entrance into and out of the estate. Sliabh Dubh is situated on the Springfield and is a neighbouring estate within the Blackmountain area, built backing on the interface of the Springfield Road. The peace walls can be quite imposing, and give an almost claustrophobic feeling.
We part funded this work, while working with the Blackmountain Shared Space Group and the Sliabh Dubh Residents Group to create a bright, welcoming feature mural on the entrance wall. The ‘Princesses’ mural is fun and brightly coloured, and greatly appeals to the children in the area.
Stephen Magennis from the Black Mountain Shared Space Group (BMSSG) is delighted with the results. He said:
“Our main aim was to provide a positive and happy environment for the residents and visitors of the area, and I’m sure we can all agree that the artist, Danny Devenny, and all the people involved in this project have done a magnificent job.”
Our Community Cohesion Unit Manager, Deirdre Crawford, also said:
“This is a brilliant piece of artwork that the whole community should be very proud of. The ethos of community cohesion and shared space is working well in this area of the City, and the Housing Executive will continue to work with local community groups and residents to promote an understanding of shared spaces and creating welcoming areas for all.”
Tina McCullough, Chair of the Sliabh Dubh Residents Association, worked with BMSSG and is proud of the local area’s achievement. She said:
“This has been a very rewarding project for the local community, and has brightened up the entrance area to the estate. I would like to thank the community workers and the Housing Executive for all their help in making the princesses’ mural such a success – it’s a pleasure to see this artwork now and is a great welcome to the estate.”