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Artwork depicting 'chaos of Brexit' unveiled at Trinity College

Artwork by Rita Duffy will hang on the side of the Trinity Long Room Hub building

ARTWORK depicting the "chaos of Brexit" has been unveiled at Trinity College Dublin to mark today's British withdrawal from the EU.

The photo-montage was created by renowned Belfast artist Rita Duffy in response to Brexit and the border poll discussions.

Known as 'The Raft Project 2019', it features a group of men holding Irish and British flags waving at the Titanic on the horizon.

The famous ship, built in Belfast and shipwrecked in 1912, has often been used as a metaphor for disaster - if also a source of pride for many communities in Northern Ireland - and has frequently cropped up in discussion of Brexit.

The artwork, measuring 9.2metres x 5.7metres, also re-invents French painter Théodore Géricault’s oil on canvas, 'The Raft of the Medusa', which depicts the shipwreck of French frigate Méduse in 1816.

Describing the work, Ms Duffy said: "The ingredients for Irish stew lie scattered among vulnerable bodies, remnants of sectarian flags taken from Belfast lamp posts, wrap worn out muscle and bone.

"A man points to the horizon, wearing an image of the president of Bulgaria on his T-shirt and bearing a small pot of shamrock, he points us towards the future - a future beyond prejudice and nationalist obsession."

The Raft Project will also be installed in several prominent cities including London and Paris after it leaves Trinity.

It will hang on the side of the Trinity Long Room Hub building until February 19.


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