Re: Re: Lamps in Merrion Square Park
There are some taller street ones in there as well â€“ ones that should never have been removed. The whole concept is so dodgy, isnâ€™t it? â€“ to paraphrase Joni Mitchell â€œwe take all the lamps and put â€˜em in a lamp museum, then charge all the people a dollar and a half just to see â€˜emâ€! (well not quite). The surviving genuine historic street lamp standards in the city have basically been reduced to two types; the silver â€˜feminineâ€™ shamrock heads & the â€˜masculineâ€™ stout bases, with a few stragglers like some swan necks in the north & south inner suburbs, and a few shorter posts there as well.
By ridiculous do you mean the head being too big for the post Graham? Yeah they were a small post but I think they looked great on the bridge with the double heads! True, full size ones on the bridges would be so wrong – except in the case of some of the larger bridges (e.g. the cool-looking black modern lamps on Grattan Bridge).
For the last 20 years at least, the mock-Victorian gaslamp has been a staple of suburban shopping centre landscaping, regional town regeneration, dickieing-up of villages etc etc. (smug, smug, smug… 😀 )