Culture | ‘Earn Your Wings’ with Harp’s latest art creation

Northern Ireland’s skyline took on a different shape in the last week as Scrabo Tower was joined by another structure that soared high on the Ards Peninsula – a nine meter high pair of wings made from barley.

‘MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES’Commissioned by local lager brand Harp as part of its ‘Look on the Harp Side’ campaign, the barley art is designed as part of Harp’s optimistic view on Northern Ireland.

Belfast based artist and designer, Gareth Martin, handcrafted the wing structure. Taking about five days to build using 250 bales of barley, the structure uses 440 meters of twine and 400 wooden stakes. Gareth, said:

It’s my first barley art installation and despite the mixed weather it was great fun to make. The design was inspired by the high quality barley ingredients and craftsmanship that goes in to the brewing of Harp and the formation of the wings are, of course, a nod to the brand evangelist, the Harp Angel.”


Making hay while the sun shines – or in Northern Ireland while the rain pours down – sums up Harp’s values and reflects the Northern Ireland viewpoint on life”, said Harp Brand Manager, Lisa Ronayne.

The art installation also helps launch a series of exciting competitions entitled ‘Earn Your Wings’, consumers will get the chance to win a free pint or experience a heli-ride with friends to take in the local landscape from a different viewpoint.

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