The Details

Name: Titan

Created by: Pili Duncan

Sponsor: Pinnacle

Design Inspiration

Belfast is synonymous with the building of the Titanic at the Harland and Wolff Shipyard and is renowned for the visitor attraction Titanic Belfast as well as the regeneration project at the Titanic quarter. My concept for Elmer the elephant, symbolises the delicate bone china, that was used in the second-class dining room of the Titanic. I have created my own floral pattern which is an adaptation of the original design used on the delph of the Titanic. The elephant will be hand painted in white and embellished with the blue floral pattern. Through its design, my concept embodies a strong connection to the history of Belfast.

About the Artist

‘Pili Duncan was born in Dublin and graduated from the National College of Art & Design, with a first-class honours degree in Visual Communications. She was awarded a post graduate scholarship in Design to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
She worked as an Art Director and Graphic Designer at Arks Advertising in Dublin for 10 years. She taught Design on the evening courses at NCAD for many years. Since 1996, she has been part of the teaching team at Ballyfermot College, which taught many award-winning and Oscar nominated animation graduates and currently teaches Concept Design on the prestigious Animation course.

As a visual artist Pili works through a broad range of disciplines which include graphic design,
art direction, painting, sculpture, Irish lace, photography, digital art and illustration. She has
recently completed her first Children’s picture book.


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