There has been lots of critism concerning the Millenium Spire, so I am wondering what is the most popular piece of public art in Dublin.
I think my top three would be Derek Fitzsimons's 'Memories of Mount Street' (Upper Mount Street); Elizabeth McLaughlin's statue to the countess in Townsend Street (I love the dog!) and the two children playing Hop Scotch in Summer Street (the tin of 'quality grey shoe polish' that they are using is a wonderful feature).
Anyone else like to chip in with their favourites? By the way, anyone know who the artist was for the Summer Street creation?
Do you mean the Thomas Davis fountain on College Green? If so, I agree, they are very Irish. What a pity the fountain is never set in play. It must look wonderful with water cascasding from the pipes.
Although, I don't like the adjacent statue to Davis - a very clumsy piece of work. Was it by any chance executed by the same person who did Wolfe Tone on the Green? They look so much the same in style. As Privare Eye might say: 'Are they by any chance related?'
The Davis and Tone memorials were by the same sculpture.... (Edward Delaney?....maybe wrong) Its a shame about those fountains and poor old Wolfe Tone looks a little lost in all that paving on the Green.
Whatever about Wolfe Tone's statue at St Stephen's Green and the Four Provinces and Thomas Davis at College Green, I think it was intended to depict them in such a modern style of the time.....hence their distorted appearance. A classical statue to Tone maybe would have done the great man more justice and him substituted on Nelson's plinth could have been the answer.
However the Molly Malone statue by Jean Rynhart with it's quirky Post Modernism and bad bodily proportions is kinda odd. Maybe it was the sculptress intentions but all of her figures have the same features. No doubt Alan D will be on expounding it's wonderful and unique merits.
The Joyce statue by Majorie Fitzgibbons is good and there is to be a new statue to that great drinker, rogue and man of letters Brendan Behan unveiled along the banks of the canal....like Paddy Kavanagh's.
Don't forget too the comical little usher at the cinema by Vincent Browne......a one time lecturer of mine in COMAD.
true, i forgot the usher which i like a lot and i forgot wilde in color marble which is great too. nothing for beckett apart from the plaque by the onometer on the pier, maybe there should be something done for the centerary. the new plaza by the enterance to the castle is supposed to have a subterranian room viewed from the pavement and earmarked for a bloomdays tribute, always thought it sounded more suitable for a beckett tribute myself.
Please tell us where the monument to Brendan is to be - who is the artist and when is it due to be unveiled. It is time that Dublin remembered him in such a fashion. I have no idea what is being considered, but I hope he is holding a glass of Guinness (if so may be the firm could sponsor the monument)!
And while we are at it how about a likeness of The Diceman in Meeting House Square?
I agree.... at least Kavanagh's bench was what he asked for....' honour me with no hero courageous tomb'... Something irreverant and controversial for Mr Behan I think.... but please lets keep tacky Guinness sponsorship out of it.
The whole thought of Brendan sitting on a park bench is just too nonsensical for words.
What amadÃ¡n thought of it?
Let us see him as he would have liked to have been remembered - outside the British Embassy holding aloft his deportation documents in triumph!
Oscar Wilde statue is great it really suits the character of Wilde. The same applies to the Joyce statue on Noth Earl Street and Kavanagh on his bench (appropriate for Kavanagh). But Behan on a bench is a no-no.
What next a statue of Sean O'Casey on a bench outside the Abbey, or Bram Stoker on a bench at Marino! Show some imagination folks.