Belfast Photo Festival has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to build a full scale Back To The Future DeLorean replica. But, there’s a twist!

Belfast Photo Festival has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to build a full scale Back To The Future DeLorean replica. But, there’s a twist!
Life size Back To The Future DeLorean sculpture, made of photographs printed on metal. Celebrating where it was born!

Combining sculpture and photography, the car will be completely made of photographs printed on aluminum.

Built in collaboration with artist Cyril Hatt and over 150 former DeLorean Motor Company employees, we are offering you the opportunity to claim your piece of art from this innovative photographic sculpture.




Why 2015?

  1. 35th Anniversary of the cars unveiling
  2. Marks the first reunion of the DeLorean employees
  3. The year Marty McFly went into the future in Back To The Future 2


It’s the early 1980s in Dunmurry, Belfast, and the employees of the Delorean Motor Company are unaware of the cultural icon – the timeless DMC-12 – that they are producing or the lasting impact it will have.

2015 is a year of anniversaries. Not only is it the 35th anniversary of the first preproduction appearance of the iconic car, but it is also the 30th anniversary of Robert Zemeckis’ science fiction blockbuster, Back to the Future, following Michael J. Fox as teenager Marty McFly and the exuberant scientist ‘Doc’ Brown played by Christopher Lloyd on their journeys in a modified, time travelling DMC-12.

To coincide with the year Marty McFly travelled to in Back To The Future 2, the internationally recognized Belfast Photo Festival is planning to build its own DeLorean.
But, there’s a twist!

Combining the disciplines of sculpture and photography in the style of French artist Cyril Hatt, the DMC-12 will be meticulously photographed with each image being printed on to aluminum plates that will then be combined to form a full-scale replica of the car.

 Delorean Car

Scheduled for early May this year the former employees of the Dunmurry factory, where the unlikely star of Zemeckis’ trilogy was proudly rolled off the production line, plan to reunite for the first time ever Belfast to celebrate the enduring following the car has amassed over the years.

Unbeknownst to many, whether they are fans of the film or automotive enthusiasts, the former employees of the Dunmurry based factory had a unique tradition of adding their own personal touches to the DMC-12. Often found on the unseen inner stainless steel body panels of the DMC-12 are messages – coined ‘cave paintings’ – that give us a glimpse into the excitement felt by each employee during their time with the DeLorean Motor Company.

In keeping with this tradition, the former employees who are travelling from across the world to convene in Belfast plan to join the staff of the Belfast Photo Festival and once again add their own unique messages to the individual photographic aluminium plates that will form the DMC-12 sculpture.

Former DeLorean Motor Company executive Barrie Wills said “the DeLorean project in Dunmurry, which lasted only four and a half years, was an adventure stranger than fiction”

The unfortunate events surrounding the demise of the DeLorean Motor Company are no secret, yet “despite it’s dreadful ending…the vast majority of those involved consider the project to be the best time of their working lives” explained Mr Wills.

The sculpture will be publicly unveiled on the grounds of Belfast City Hall on June 6th where it will remain on display until June 30th.

So get involved!

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