River Totem creates Banbridge focal point in a ‘roundabout’ way


A striking new public art piece has been unveiled as the latest instalment of the Banbridge Arrival Points Project, which aims to enhance key focal points in the town.

The River Totem, which is located at the Rathfriland Road, Rathfriland Street and Kenlis Street roundabout, pays homage to the iconic River Bann which flows through the nearby Solitude Park.

Created and installed by Robert Gilbraith, owner and Blacksmith at Watershed Forge, the design features bulrushes, grasses, textured copper fish, herons and textured steel to simulate the ripples of a meandering river.

The elegant artwork, which was co-funded by Armagh City Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council and the Department for Communities, has been cleverly constructed to conceal a CCTV camera pole which is situated on the roundabout, creating a dynamic focus whilst enhancing the surrounding environment and complementing other initiatives developed for the town.

The River Totem joins existing projects as part of the Banbridge Arrival Points Project which include the painting of key buildings and carparks, the creation of themed murals, the enhancement of the former police station, cleaning of Crozier Monument and shop front façades.