As they gaze down through an airplane window, they just might spot the enormous face of a little girl smiling back at them. The massive, 11-acre visage is an art installation by the Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada unveiled in Belfast last week. The public art installation was built as part of the 10-day Belfast Festival that opened Oct. 17, 2013.
A detail from "Wish." (Titanic Belfast/Flickr)
Formally titled "Wish," the installation has gained the moniker "The Face from Space" because it must be seen from high overhead in a plane or helicopter to be fully appreciated.
More than 2,200 tons of soil and 2,000 tons of sand were used to create the artwork. To ensure his public art project would be completed in a month's span, Rodriquez-Gerada sought the help of community groups and other volunteers to arrange the sand and soil into what would become the face of a young girl.