Two towering prows of steam trawlers evoke images of the busy fishing harbour a century ago while also referencing the modern working port visible from the building. The intersecting bow waves of the lower part suggests the interconnection of nature and technology and the historic interdependence of female and male labour in the fishing industry. The wave element adds surface texture in contrast to the smoother plating of the prows.
The outward facing surface of the split prows contain back-lit historic images of men and women working in the fishing industry: women mending nets and carrying quarter crans, trawler men and boats. The digitally-rendered half-tone images are punched into the sheet metal and back-lit with LED lighting via an internal diffuser panels. For examples of this technique, please see (Conor’s Corner, Belfast and Myles after Myles, Strabane) on the Public Projects page at www.holgerlonze.com.