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Monument to the Unknown Woman Worker

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Neighbourhood: Golden Mile
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Address: Europa Buscentre | Gt. Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
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+44 28 9033 3000

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Stop, take a look, think!

Good art makes you stop and think. This is good art. At a quick glance it is just two working class women chatting. But look closer and you'll see more. Look very closely, not... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 July 2016
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

This has been around for so long it's easy to overlook it if you pass it regularly. Excellent piece of sculpture. Was somewhat controversial when it first appeared all those years. Perhaps we live in more enlightened times. Very popular with tourists for photo opportunities.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This sculpture was by Louise Walsh in 1992 and has become something of a landmark. There is a school.of thought that the ladies were originally meant to portray the 'working girls' who used to hang around Amelia Street. The other thinking is that it's quite simply a portrayal of local mill workers. Whatever the original idea was, the sculpture really... More 

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Northern Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Nothing wrong about the breaking up for the monotony and boredom of a city with such splendid pieces. Belfast needs more of such street art.

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Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

This time around the ladies had gained a lick of face paint, as well as the affectionate additions of bracelets and anklets from yarn-bombers. I rate this as Belfast's greatest artwork, by long margin. Just read some of the text that stands out from the two statues - "She's Engaged! She's lovely - she uses Ponds!" Hilarious, and dreadful. This... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

i dont know im giving this a 5 star lol. probably because ive have passed this statue so many times, coming from the train station. i always walk by and someone has added of piece of their clothing or an item on this statue. it seems to be a very popular picture capture moment for many people who flock to... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

This "monument" lacks proper context and seems out of place in its current location. I, personally, fail to see the point to this and it seems sad that so many people pass by this "monument" with little or no information as to its purpose, importance and significance, to say little of the expense involved in designing, building and positioning of... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

Good art makes you stop and think. This is good art. At a quick glance it is just two working class women chatting. But look closer and you'll see more. Look very closely, not with your eyes but with your interpretive senses and, if you've a sensitive spirit, you'll get the back story.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

My husband and I were standing by this monument taking photos and showing interest at this unusual statue when two local gentleman heard us saying that we wondered what did it mean and why was it there....they new we were tourists and asked where we came from and we said NZ.......they told us that the spot that the statue is... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

This monument is very hard to understand yet it stands outside the Europa in all weather through thick and thin. It is popular with tourists. Once seen never forgotten. Big issue is that there isn't a lot of information with this monument.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

Statues seldom touch or attract laughter, usually have the 'just' a historical connection or they are more an artistic expression for something that can be interpreted freely. Here, these are more of a political statement with great humorous touch!

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