Poignant ice tribute to Titanic victims

The 'melting men' in Belfast's Custom House Square The 'melting men' in Belfast's Custom House Square
One of the volunteers places a small ice figure on the steps of Custom House Square in Belfast One of the volunteers places a small ice figure on the steps of Custom House Square in Belfast
Ice figures The figures slowly melt on the steps of the building
Ice sculpture The ice sculpture tribute in Custom House Square, Belfast

It was a poignant tribute to the 1,517 men, women and children who died when the Titanic sank on her maiden voyage from Southhampton on 15 April 1912.

Artist Nele Azevedo created an ice figure for each individual victim and on Sunday, at Custom House Square in Belfast - the city where the great ship was built - she launched her tribute.

Volunteers placed the little melting men - each about 15in high - on the steps of the square.

Then, the crowds watched as 1,517 figures slowly melted and disappeared.

It was part of the commemorations for the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic.

"It was very emotional to watch the figures melting away, leaning and falling on top of each other," said Cathy Law from Belfast Festival at Queen's which organised the event.

"It took about 20 minutes for the figures to melt and everyone stopped and watched. One child said it was as if the figures were crying. It was very poignant."

Azevedo, from Brazil, said she was happy with the response to her work which is part of the Minimum Monument project which, its organisers say, celebrates what is ephemeral and diminutive, as opposed to what is monumental and grandiose.

Azevedo spent the past two weeks in Belfast preparing her ice sculptures, using three large freezers to store them in the run-up to Sunday's ceremony.

More Northern Ireland stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • CarTop 10 debuts

    BBC Autos takes a look at some of the most eye-catching vehicles at the LA auto show

Programmes

  • Cattle herded in AustraliaThe Travel Show Watch

    The spectacle of herding 2,000 cattle using bikes, cars and a helicopter

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.