ÉIRE MEMORIAL BY JEROME CONNOR RELOCATED WITHIN MERRION SQUARE PARK AFTER IT HAD BEEN RESTORED
At the end August 2022 I visited the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin and the weather was really beautiful. I used a very old Canon 1Ds MkIII body and a manual focus Voigtlander 40mm pancake lens. The lens worked very well but not long after I got my hands a Canon 5D MkIII which is much more modern but using the Voligtlander was a total waste of time.
Voigtländer is a very old optical company based out of Vienna and to the best of my knowledge it was established in 1756 however it isn’t a wholly independent manufacturer today.
At a later date I will specifically describe the individual items on display.
Today I used a 12 year old Sony VG10E camcorder that uses a crop sensor and produces JPEG rather than RAW images which imposes many limitations. To be honest the camera worked better than I had expected.
RAVEN PLACE BY CATHERINE E GREENESCULPTURE IN CONTEXT SEPTEMBER 2022
Catherine E Greene is an established figurative sculptor working in bronze and mixed media. Her versatile output ranges from large scale civic, to private commission and large exhibition pieces to smaller sculptures which explore the figure in the context of the sensual and often surreal world which they inhabit. Major commissions include the equestrian memorial of the patriot Thomas Francis Meagher in Waterford, the Memorial to the much loved comedian Dermot Morgan, Merrion Square Dublin; and the central Alterpiece sculpture of the crucified Christ in the new basilica Fatima Portugal.
DUEL BY ANA DUNCANSCULPTURE IN CONTEXT 1 SEPTEMBER 2022
Ana Duncan was born in Dublin. She works primarily in bronze and ceramic from her studio in Churchtown. The female figure has constantly been the subject and inspiration for her work. Amongst her influences are the abstraction of Henry Moore, the voluminous figures of Fernando Botero, Barbara Hepworth’s modernist work, the simplicity of Brancusi and the sculptures of Juan Muñoz among others.
DAVID AND GOLIATH BY JAM SUTTON THE MULTI-DISCIPLINED BRITISH ARTIST
In case you are wondering the people did apologise for intruding into my photographs but as my interest is street photography I decide to leave the images as they were.
In reality I only photographed North Wall Quay rather than the whole area.
North Wall is an area east of the inner north side of Dublin, along the River Liffey. It contains the entire north side of Dublin Docklands and includes the International Financial Services Centre, Spencer Dock, and further east the main part of Dublin Port.
LIFE SIZED STATUE OF PATRICK KAVANAGHLOCATED ON WILTON TERRACE NOT MESPIL ROAD
This life sized statue of Patrick Kavanagh sitting on one side of a park bench is by John Coll and it was unveiled in June 1991. It is situated on the north bank of the Grand Canal across from Mespil Road. Previously, I incorrectly described it as being on Mespil Road when it is, in fact, at Wilton Terrace. I have noticed that a number of other accounts describe it as being on Mespil Road ... I hope that I am not responsible for such errors
BRIAN FRIEL AND JOHN B KEANE
COFFEE MORNING AT STARBUCKS 5 AUGUST 2022
I have noticed a number of blogs indicating that the artist responsible for this set of sculptures was/is John Coll but they may be confused as he was responsible for the statue of Patrick Kavanagh on the Grand Canal at Baggot Street [nearby]and Brendan Behan on the Royal Canal in Drumcrondra.
BUSHY IS A NEW TALL SCULPTURE IN BUSHY PARK THE PLAQUE HAS BEEN VANDALISED
As the plaque describing this sculpture has been painted over I had difficulty finding any information relating to this structure which could well have been a 5G communications mask or a bee friendly structure.
Patrick O’Reilly is famous for his large bronze teddy bears and this is a new addition to his collection however his bears have resulted in a claim that Dublin City Council is biased towards the Southside of the city at the expense of the Northside as demonstrated by the sculpture trail it promoted.
The Smithfield Square Lower commission invited artists to propose an artwork that promotes meaningful interaction between people and place through contemporary sculptural practice. It asked artists to consider how public sculpture can define a space and re-focus people’s attention, enabling a deeper and enduring relationship between residents, workers, tourists, commuters and a city-centre neighbourhood.
I am willing to bet that you never heard of Pelletstown but the area has attracted much attention as it now has a new train station which I will find useful going forward especially as there is a train every 30 minutes in either direction. At peak times the frequency is higher.
The island of Ireland is overloaded with anonymous metal sculptures that I refer to as "red metal yokes". Here in Ireland a yoke is a slang word for a thing - so if someone sees an object that they've never seen before, they might say what's that yoke over there?
Patrick O’Reilly (b. 1957 Kilkenny, Ireland) is a highly acclaimed Irish artist who studied at the Belfast school of Art. He has since achieved international fame for his innovative and dynamic visual works, having exhibited throughout Ireland & Internationally for over two decades.
As I had some time to spare I decided to visit Dublin Castle. I was aware that there had been an exhibition of sand sculptures in the upper courtyard but I had been advised that it had ended last Friday but much to my surprise I discovered that the sand sculptures were still intact.
Bernar Venet (born 21 April 1941) is a French Conceptual artist who has exhibited his works in various locations around the world.
Weathering steel, best-known under the trademark COR-TEN steel and sometimes written without the hyphen as "Corten steel", is a group of steel alloys which were developed to eliminate the need for painting, and form a stable rust-like appearance if exposed to the weather for several years. Corten steel made its first impressive appearance on the world stage in the 1960s when the Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen used it to create a four-building complex for the John Deere headquarters in Moline, Illinois.
Created by artist, designer and nightclub pioneer Niall Sweeney, Club Chroma Chlorologia is a newly commissioned series of site-specific works installed in the gardens and grounds of the 17th-century Royal Hospital Kilmainham, which combine to create unlikely interventions that you can encounter, discover and take part in over the Summer.
When I first saw this I immediately thought of the Rolling Stones and their logo.
Over the Summer months, Club Chroma Chlorologia expands beyond its dazzle-patterned gateway — located at the north-facing aspects of the RHK, where the giant Club Chroma manifesto calls visitors to action — and down into the historic gardens at IMMA.
Danny McCarthy is a founding director of the National Sculpture Factory and of Triskel Arts Centre and is a director the Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh. He has also curated numerous exhibitions and projects including Sound Out (with David Toop), Bend It Like Beckett, Sonic Vigil, Just Listen plus many more.
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