No, it really does look that bad from this location - just usually there's buses blocking the view.
That's about the only decent thing the trees here do too, they hide the view of the Ulster Bank from College St.
Agreed that the trees are inappropriate for the location; they aren't needed. Saying that, the row of three of the same that run along the entrance to Grafton St in front of Fox's look well I think - and they add a pleasant maturity to the area.
An interesting view you've posted there Frank - whatever about the absence of all forms of life
, how the vista up to Trinity is opened up is quite impressive. It's always something of a let-down in the summer when you look up from Dame St and all you see is a giant bush of leaves hovering over the slight mound at the entrance to College Green, concealing Trinity.
The potential for a piazza-like space here is blatently evident - so much so it appears as if the place was originally planned as such, like one of the great squares of St Petersburg, a city from which I've often thought the West Front could have been plucked right out of - got a lovely eastern European feel to it.
If the trees are ever removed, the problems with Grattan's monument will truly become apparent - there's some serious cracking going on with the plinth that needs attention.
Also two replicas of the famous seahorse lampposts should definitely be cast for the site to replace the two that were removed from what I can gather in the 40s/early 50s. Then again, surely even then they wouldn't have been thrown out or dumped, they would've been quite valuable. They must be kicking around somewhere, either in a Corpo yard or someone's back garden more likely
There should be some record as to what happened to them...