Ulster Museum Art Gets Westerosi Rework
Newly-unveiled piece re-imagines famous Northern Ireland painting with signature creatures from the Game of Thrones world
One of Northern Ireland's most famous landscape paintings has been re-imagined as the mythical realm of Westeros in the latest element of Tourism Ireland's 2016 Game of Thrones campaign.
William Mark Fisher's 'Landscape with Sheep', which hangs in the Ulster Museum, Belfast, has been re-created by an art restorer and updated to include a giant and a dragon, two signature creatures from the fantasy TV series. The new painting is now on display side-by-side with the original, and will remain on display until September.
Laura McCorry, Director of Corporate Development of Tourism NI; Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland; and Tourism Minister Simon Hamilton, beside the re-imagined painting; and Kim Mawhinney, Ulster Museum, holding the original William Mark Fisher painting
Tourism Ireland has released a short film and images of the painting – on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube – in 10 markets (including Great Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Scandinavia). The short film shows the original on display in the Ulster Museum, side-by-side with the newly-created artwork; and also shows the reactions of visitors and staff to the new interpretation.
The re-imagining is part of a wider campaign being rolled out worldwide by Tourism Ireland in partnership with HBO, celebrating Northern Ireland as Game of Thrones Territory. Ten intricately carved wooden doors are also popping up in restaurants, pubs and other venues near filming locations across the country, each one telling the story of the latest episode as season six unfolds.