Known as The Lady on the Lagan, the sculpture on Belfast’s arterial waterway was officially christenedÂ The Ring of ThanksgivingÂ by Scottish artist Andy Scott. As boring as that sounds there is a logic to the overly earnest title: the 50-foot symbol isÂ the anchor of Thanksgiving Square – the brainchild of Belfast woman Myrtle Smyth, who was inspired following a visit to the non-denominational Thanks-Giving Square in Dallas, Texas – a project with the expressÂ aim ofÂ creating a public space for the local community to come together and give thanks no matter their religion, color, or faith. For a city rent by years of civil strife this was no idle wish when the square wasÂ inaugurated in 2005. A static piece of steel, the artwork nevertheless radiates a powerful energy and sense of urgency; thrusting upwards, as if striving for somethingÂ larger than itself. CoincidentallyÂ The Ring is a visual reminder of how the Olympics take flight tonight in London; moreover, the Games’Â motto could just as easily be a watch cry for Belfast these days: Faster, Higher, Stronger.