PORTADOWN balloon artist Fiona Fisher’s creation of a 40ft replica of the Titanic has been wowing shoppers at Belfast’s Victoria Square since it was suspended mid-air above the centre’s main mall last week.
Fiona, who designed the balloon ship and constructed the ship with her team of five professional balloon artists, runs her own company Worldwide Balloon Decor.
The ship will be on display for the next three weeks but shoppers in Portadown were actually among the first to witness the model take shape as the frame was constructed in Meadows Shopping Centre.
The ship was set on its voyage to Belfast on April 1 and Fiona, who formerly owned Burning Desires store in Edenderry, says that it is one of the most exciting projects she has ever been involved with.
“We know of people coming from Cork and Dublin to watch it,” she said. “The hoists (which are used to raise the model up or down) have been supplied by W H Scott Lifting, which originally supplied Harland and Wolff with the original lifting gear for the Titanic.”
Fiona, who revealed that the model has received a positive reception from shoppers, has been involved in balloon creations for 13 years and some of her works so far include a pint of Guinness, a Ferrari and Peugeot 207 rally car.
Anyone interested in seeing the step-by-step process of the Titanic balloon project, including the construction of the frame, should log on to www.buildingtitanic.com.