What is so immediately striking about the sign is how incongruous it is in the Dublin context. It's nothing short of bizarre to see proper directional signage in this city! Without question this has the potential to transform how visitors get about, and what sites they chose to visit. Fantastic to see.
The unit as a whole is certainly substantial. It looks overwhelming and faintly ridiculous up close, but from a distance it is appropriately scaled. Their success is entirely dependant on siting.
When they have multiple fingers such as this one, they are very substantial and slightly gawky. I do hope sites have been sensitively chosen.
The finger colour is a beautiful deep aquamarine blue - quite a bit darker than the db's blue. The anodyne font is very much of its time, but beautifully crisp nonetheless.
Alas the covers for vacant finger sockets are crudely designed and jarr with the sharp lines of the installation. Also, while blank sockets may be needed to accommodate future uses, there should be two, three and four sided posts, which can be chosen according to location. At least that way we don't end up with entire sides of blank units as we have now.
The base piece is also flimsy and unnecessary.
In this instance a bollard appears to have been taken out of the granite paving slab and the hole used to insert the sign, but I get the impression the hole has 'shifted' inwards somewhat to move the post away from the kerbline...
At last tourists know where Dublin Castle and its equally elusive Chester Beatty Library are! What a novelty.
Christ Church has deviated from its official spelling I see.
All in all a most encouraging development. Apparently there's about 140 of them going in around the city core, so a massive undertaking. I hope some of the Docklands panels with You Are Here maps and fingers attached at the top are also included in the 'suite'. Indeed this model would be far more suited to a major nodal point like City Hall plaza.
So now that we're finally getting official signage in order, how about kicking the private sector into shape?