Model Citizen: Grand Opera House Mosaic


Designed by Frank Matcham and opened December 1895, the Grand Opera House is one of Belfast’s oldest and most well loved theatres. In the 1970’s the Theatre was set for demolition but was saved through a campaign launched by the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society and was the first building in Northern Ireland to be listed.

The focus of this piece is the iconic ornately detailed, stone carved, pedimental gable found on the Great Victoria Street elevation, above the main entrance.

Model Citizen sees it’s sculptures as a “mechanism to emphasize the beauty and significance of our built heritage,” translating art deco, brutalist, and internationalist styles into tangible, tactile sculptural objects that can be held, felt and explored.


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Dimensions: 147mm high, 220mm wide, 17mm deep, weight: 0.6kg

Can be collected from the RSUA to avoid shipping costs.

This piece comes pre-drilled and ready to hang on the wall. Made to order approximate delivery time up to 3 weeks. The models are delivered in a strong, durable double walled cardboard box nestled in a bed of recycled brown shredded paper which ensures the product is well cushioned during its journey to you.

Established by Architect John Donnelly in 2016, Model Citizen specialises in producing finely detailed plaster cast architectural model sculptures and details which explore the diverse built environment of Belfast, Northern Ireland. ‘Model Citizen’ was founded to promote public understanding and appreciation of the architecture and craftmanship present in Irish cities, manifesting as an ongoing series of intricate sculptures.

During his time studying Architecture at the Belfast School of Art, John explored the medium of using plaster and concrete to cast models during the design process and as finished models. Each model is made using a special non toxic gypsum/resin composite material which picks up a greater level of detail than standard gypsum, but is also very robust giving the models a reassuring feel of quality.


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