GrahamH wrote:And gunter, the comment about its positioning refers not so much on local level (in terms of the alignment with Lombard Street) but the wider context of the Liffey. Positioning something along a long stretch of river is so arbitrary that it could be plonked anywhere. There is no signifcance about this site other than it's the closest part of the Docklands to the city centre. It needs a more relevant site.
I still don't know about that Graham.
This is the weakest stretch of the Quays (no offence to G mc) in urban design terms with a huge sweeping opening to Lombard Street and the adjacent low three storey terrace. Surely this is the right place, in design terms, to locate a major object like this?
Add in the vista factor (currently closed by Jury's Inn, need we say more). Is there a better location in terms of vista in the docklands?
'it's the closest part of the Docklands to the city centre'
, as you've correctly pointed out. It is also the point where the character of the riverscape changes.
It's a location, pretty tight up to the new pedestrian bridge, that would appear to interfere least with shipping, berthing etc.
Add in the other reasons MurrayMints listed and you've got a pretty good case for this being a good site.
Either way, I don't think it's really fair to say that this site is 'random'!
Does it ruin the vista down the Liffey? . . . I just can't see that either. It's going to read as a sculptural object in the river, not a change in the urban landscape, and if it doesn't work we can get rid of it in ten years time!
Like a lot of people, I've always liked Gormley's art, because it's figurative and crafted. In my book, this puts Gormley in a different league to the other big names, and while I wouldn't normally be a cheerleader for DDDA, I was kinda of the view that this was one that they got about right.