Who's in charge of statues in Dublin?

Who's in charge of statues in Dublin?

Postby Blisterman » Fri Mar 11, 2011 6:39 pm

Does anyone know who is in charge of paying for statues in Dublin? Is it Dublin corporation or the national government? And who funds them?

It's odd that some figures have no statues, such as Patrick Pearse or Jonathon Swift, while some far less notable people do have.
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Re: Who's in charge of statues in Dublin?

Postby Paul Clerkin » Fri Mar 11, 2011 6:41 pm

Sure Pearse was only responsible for destroying half the city centre
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Re: Who's in charge of statues in Dublin?

Postby StephenC » Sat Mar 12, 2011 6:02 pm

It depends on the statues. Mainly its DCC who has responsibility but some such as Wolfe Tone and Thomas Davis are under OPW control. The fountain on College Green for example is OPW. Others have been erected by interest groups in recent times, eg Phil Lynott.

It was common for most statues and memorials to be funded through public subscription (a very Victorian concept). You will see this on the dedication of statues such as Robert Emmet in St Stephen's Green.

Why none for Pearse? Good question. But very few 20th century figures are memorialised. It just fell out of fashion I imagine, or proved too controversial. None for any of the 1916 crowd except Markewicz (cant spell it). None for Dev or any post independence leaders or presidents. Michael Collins has a bust in Merrion Square, but I would suggest a small Michael Collins Square with the bust would be better.
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Re: Who's in charge of statues in Dublin?

Postby missarchi » Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:30 am

Is pearse not near liberty hall or is that some other person?
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Re: Who's in charge of statues in Dublin?

Postby StephenC » Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:53 am

That's James Connolly - erected by SIPTU I imagine
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Re: Who's in charge of statues in Dublin?

Postby batten » Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:49 pm

front wall of 27 Pearse Street at 1st floor is the closest to a Pearse memorial I think.
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Re: Who's in charge of statues in Dublin?

Postby missarchi » Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:44 pm

So where should pearse and the others go?
I don't think this will cut it for any anniversary.
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Re: Who's in charge of statues in Dublin?

Postby aj » Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:40 am

On the subject of statues does anyone who what happened to the statue of George II in Stephen Green?
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Re: Who's in charge of statues in Dublin?

Postby StephenC » Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:58 pm

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Who's in charge of statues in Dublin?

Postby StephenC » Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:06 pm

I know where his feet are...
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Re: Who's in charge of statues in Dublin?

Postby Lukegardiner » Thu Mar 17, 2011 8:01 pm

Dublin City Council is responsible for maintenance of most public sculpture in the public thoroughfare. Some, such as Oiseen Kelly's Jim Larkin belongs to the SIPTU, or Davitt on College Green, belongs is OPW. DCC carried out conservation works to the Monuments on O'Connell Street, College Green, and Mount Street Bridge in recent years.
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Re: Who's in charge of statues in Dublin?

Postby Lukegardiner » Thu Mar 17, 2011 8:03 pm

Paula Murphy's new book on Public Art in Ireland is a masterful work - should answer the basic questions posed in this thread.
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Re: Who's in charge of statues in Dublin?

Postby missarchi » Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:13 am

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