In November, CS Lewis Square, which is built at the intersection between the Connswater and Comber Greenways, Belfast, officially opened. Last week my sister, the tiny human and myself made our way up the Holywood Road to check it out for ourselves.
When we arrived it was a tad on the baltic side, however not to be deterred we wrapped up warm and went on the hunt for some the best loved characters from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The space, which can hold up to 2,000 people for public events, boasts seven permanent sculptures. The first we encountered was the playful, distinctive and carefully crafted Mr Tumnus. Other figures featured include Maugrim, Mr and Mrs Beaver and Jadis The White Witch, however for me the crowning jewel of this display is the dramatic and awesome three meter bronze installation of Aslan. I wasn’t the only one impressed as the tiny human was mesmerised by the gigantic Lion statue, continually pointing at it in delight.
In addition to the wonderful sculptures, the new plaza also features 300 trees planted around the square along with new railway tracks, arches, paths and art. The CS Lewis Square is the perfect accompaniment to The Searcher, a bronze sculpture, which was created by Belfast artist Ross Wilson, which is also located a short walk away at the Holywood Arches. This sculpture totally captures the essence of the story created by CS Lewis. It represents Professor Digory Kirke, a character from the Chronicles of Narnia, as he gets up from his chair and opens the wardrobe door of Narnia.
CS Lewis Square is a truly enchanting space that will captivate kids young and old. As well as being a fitting tribute to one of Belfast’s most famous sons, CS Lewis, it also celebrates the truly creative heart that beats in Belfast. If you live in the city or are a tourist, the square is definitely worth a visit.