There is no doubting the fact that anti-social activity is an ongoing problem in Belfast and that is a great pity because there are some really excellent public facilities provided by Belfast City Council.
Every time I am in Belfast I take a walk along the Lagan Towpath because I really like it. However it does appear to suffer from a high level of anti-social activity and often the street furniture and public art installations [especially ‘Weights 2000’ by Mike Hogg] show signs of unnecessary and unsightly damage and destruction.
But to be fair, when I visited in May 2017, there was much less evidence of damage due to vandalism and the Mike Hogg installation and been repaired. Last May when I could not decided if the installation had been relocated to make way for a new building but the installation was in reasonable condition.
however when I visited in March 2019 the installation was well located but two of the elements were damaged and all had attracted the attention of taggers.
Location: Cromac Springs, Maysfield Title: Weights 2000 Artist: Mike Hogg and the Markets Development Association Material: Stainless Steel/Ceramic Tiles Three stainless steel weights on a bed of tiles, which include reflective text. The piece was designed and made by Mike Hogg in consultation with the Markets Development Association to recall a time when the markets contributed greatly to Belfast’s economy.