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Blitz Survivors

The half life-size bronze sculpture, Blitz Survivors, is by Londonderry-born artist, John Sherlock OBE.

It depicts a mother and daughter fleeing Belfast after the Easter Tuesday Raid of April 1941 and contains many small but significant details.

A copy of the Northern Whig headlined '200 Feared Dead in Northern Ireland Blitz' lies amongst the rubble alongside damaged tram lines, broken hoses and an unexploded incendiary. A button has popped from the mothers dress in her haste and lies on the cobbled streets while the young girl is clutching her teddy bear.

Sherlock's own experiences of the the war inspired his work. He witnessed the raid on Derry in April 1941 and the little girl is based on a childhood friend who informed him on 3rd September 1939 that war had been declared.

The sculpture is on permanent display.

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