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Burt artist ‘mane’ man for Aslan the lion job 03.07.15

BURT-based artist Maurice Harron has been commissioned to create a majestic three-metre high sculpture of Aslan the lion in Belfast - birthplace of ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ author C.S. Lewis.
Derry-born Harron has been commissioned by Belfast City Council to create six installations inspired by Lewis' classic novel 'The Lion, The Witch and The Warddrobe' for a new civic square currently being developed in the east of the city.
When it's finished, visitors to the site will be greeted by Narnia characters including the White Witch, Mr Tumnus and Mr and Mrs Beaver.
Maurice Harron pictured at the site of the new Narnia-inspired civic space.
But the highlight will be the large sculpture of children's favourite, Aslan.
“I’m delighted to step ‘through the wardrobe’ and take on the challenge of recreating the magic of Narnia, right on C.S. Lewis’ own doorstep,” said Mr Harron.
The Derry-born sculptor is known for acclaimed works including the ‘Hands Across the Divide’ reconciliation sculpture in his native city.
“These artworks will be central to the civic square and provide a fitting tribute to one of Belfast’s most famous sons," added Mr Harron.
“I want to recreate the emotions within Lewis’ world, so that - like Lucy, Edmund, Peter and Susan - you never quite know what’s around the corner.”
Some of Maurice Harron's proposed artworks, from top left, Mr Tumnus, Aslan the lion, Mr and Mrs Beaver, Jewel the Unicorn and the White Witch.
Lewis was born in east Belfast’s Dundela Avenue and grew up in nearby Strandtown.
The new civic space, currently under construction at Holywood Arches as part of the Connswater Community Greenway, is expected to be completed next year.
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