This article appeared in last weeks Southside People.
Major sculpture planned for Docklands
THE artist Antony Gormley has released an artistâ€™s impression of a proposed major public artwork for Dublin Docklands.
The planned work is an open structure of a human form that will be situated at the River Liffey, close to Sean Oâ€™Casey Bridge.
The Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) commissioned the work and at up to 48 metres high, it will be constructed from an open latticework of steel covered with black bitumen.
Its open weave design will allow light to permeate through and allow visibility in all directions.
The artist described it as being â€œlike a charcoal drawing against the sky, changing as your position changes in relation to itâ€.
The sculpture will appear different depending on where it is viewed from within the city and the light levels at different times of the day and in different seasons.
Paul Maloney, Chief Executive DDDA, said that the announcement comes at an important time for the Docklands.
â€œThe delivery of the Docklands Arts Strategy is now well on its way with the appointment of Antony Gormley for this sculptural commission, closely following the commencement on site of the new Grand Canal Theatre and the commitment of a site for our national theatre, the Abbey at George's Dock,â€ said Mr Maloney.
* The DDDA intends to lodge a planning application for the work before the end of the year.
Subject to planning permission, construction is likely to start during 2008 and, once on site, the work will take approximately ten months to build and will cost in the region of E1.6 million.
Itâ€™s expected that the name of the artwork will evolve during the design and construction of the sculpture.
Anyone who wishes to submit a name for consideration can do so through the Docklands website at http://www.dublindocklands.ie
or by contacting the Docklands Authority office, 52-55 Sir John Rogersonâ€™s Quay, Dublin 2.
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