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The UK’s only ‘Disappearing Wall’ unveiled in Belfast

Northern Ireland has joined a select number of European countries including Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, and Greece as The Disappearing Wall was unveiled at a small ceremony at Belfast’s Titanic Slipways on October 21.

The interactive art installation that celebrates Europe’s diversity of languages and ideas is based on an idea proposed by Maria Jablonina in a workshop carried out by the architect and engineer Werner Sobek and initiated by the Goethe-Institut.

The Disappearing Wall is now on display at the famous Titanic Slipways in front of the iconic museum, Titanic Belfast, until November 11 and passers-by are invited to visit at any time.

The Wall consists of a plexiglas frame which hosts 6,000 wooden blocks shows original and translated quotescollected by the Goethe-Institut earlier this year via local contests across Europe.

Visitors to the Wall are encouraged to take home a block which will contain one of a wide range of quotes, from the likes of Albert Einstein, Adorno, Rosa Luxemburg, Sartre and Jonas Mekas, to Beatles’ lyrics and lines from Winnie the Pooh or the film Amélie.

As more and more blocks are removed, the Wall will ‘disappear’ with only the clear Plexiglas grid that held them remaining.

Health and safety is of upmost priority and sanitising units, directional signage and a QR track and trace coding system are of prominence at the sculpture so people are asked to adhere to the safety guidelines before continuing their walk along the eye-catching Slipways and Maritime Mile.

Those who cannot travel to Belfast to visit The Disappearing Wall have the chance to receive a block of history by registering their interest at wherewooden blocks will be set aside for this purpose.

Katharina von Ruckteschell-Katte, Director of the Goethe-Institut London, commented: “We are so proud to see The Disappearing Wall being unveiled to the public in Belfast. This installation celebrates Northern Ireland’s diversity and seeing people from all walks of life visit and take joy in reading the beautifully inscribed blocks shows how some happiness can come at a time of difficulty.”

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