Northern Ireland’s Invisible Superheroes exhibition has celebrated six months at Belfast City Airport, reaching out to the 11,000 people travelling in and out of Northern Ireland each day.
Part of the ICE 200 celebrations, the superheroes landed in Belfast in February this year and the exhibition will remain open to the public until January.
The exhibition explains how civil engineers help transform lives and features real-life engineers as cartoon superheroes, battling to save the planet from dangers such as climate change and flooding.
“Civil engineers really are the invisible superheroes who protect our safety, our health and our wellbeing every day,” said ICE Northern Ireland regional director Richard Kirk. “Much of civil engineering is unseen, but still critical to our quality of life.”
As well as characters who feature in the London version of the exhibition, including Thomas Telford as Colossus, the Belfast exhibition includes two new and exclusive superheroes: The Amazing Structura, based on engineer Vera Donnelly from Graham, and Doctor Sensora, based on researcher Myra Lydon from Queens University Belfast.
The ICE also produced 5,000 free Invisible Superheroes-themed activity packs for children passing through the airport. The packs include
fun facts about civil engineering, brain teasers and games to inspire the next generation to consider careers in civil engineering.
Kirk said: “Invisible Superheroes is all about educating the public about the important role civil engineers play and inspiring the next generation.”