trace wrote:Some info here (incl a pic on p153), from Yvonne Whelan's paper, Symbolising the State â€” the iconography of Oâ€™Connell Street and environs after Independence (1922) http://www.ucd.ie/gsi/pdf/34-2/sack-2.pdf
johnglas wrote:Surely the whole point is that the Pillar needed only to be partially rebuilt; most of it was still standing after the bomb and its remainder column and plinth were (allegedly) demolished on the orders of an Army engineer who must rank as a mindless moron just as much as the bombers. O'C has never quite recovered, imo.
Providence moves in mysterious ways, however, in ensuring that none of the above horrific options was realised.
goneill wrote:Yes there was a competition in 1988 with 20 schemes published by Gandon
helloinsane wrote:I remember seeing some of the pillar models in various architects' offices in the mid nineties. I also think one of our star firms proposed restoring just the exploded portion, hanging from some form of gantry.
isairishmc wrote:The spire Dublin's most prominent conductive tower it would make my hair stand on end.
The spire is the manifestation of the precarious nature of competitions and stages.
It shows true competition draws condemnation and adaptation. It is only after the tide has leveled that calm sets the mood for future generations. Architecture and objectivity is the colloquial requiem of neo-religious globalized architecture that is the existing condition yearning but not learning from lessons of the past.