Iceberg in Belfast

24 Feb

An artists has a unique idea about how to draw attention to her home city of Belfast, Northern Ireland:

In a macabre move to celebrate the building of the Titanic, Belfast plans to tow an iceberg into the shipyard where the ill-fated liner was launched.

The idea received the backing of the city's lord mayor yesterday.

It involves hauling an iceberg from Norway to put Belfast's redeveloped Titanic Quarter on the tourist map by 2008.

Rita Duffy, an artist who proposed the idea, said: "The iceberg and the wreck of the Titanic is the main story of Belfast – the sad, interrupted journey of disbelief and disappointment. The iceberg could become a symbol of hope as it melts."

Now, I know that Titanic is infamous, but I find it hard to believe that it is the "main story of Belfast." Making it the center of a new effort to boost tourism somehow reminds me of the ill-fated Autoworld in Flint, Michigan. The city's auto factories closed so the town opened a theme park to highlight its glorious past. The park closed after two years and was eventually demolished to make a parking lot. Hope Belfast has better luck reminding people of the past.

Currently playing in iTunes: Belfast by Elton John

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