SIX new sculptures are to be commissioned city-wide including a major piece of ‘land art’, it was announced on Monday.
Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu unveiled the ambitious project which aims to put sculpture at the heart of communities across the city.
‘Sculpture Dublin’ is a Dublin City Council initiative representing an investment of €600,000 in the commissioning of six new sculptures for parks and public spaces across Dublin in the next 18 months.
Following initial consultation and a survey of sites conducted in the last year, locations for the new commissions have been identified in the new Ballyfermot People’s Park; Bushy Park, Terenure; Kildonan Park, Finglas; Smithfield Square Lower and St Anne’s Park, Raheny.
A temporary sculpture will also be commissioned for the O’Connell Plinth, an empty plinth outside City Hall on Dame Street, which once supported John Hogan’s statue of Daniel O’Connell, now on display in the Rotunda of City Hall.
Cllr Chu said: “Art is such an important part of Dublin, now and historically, and the art of sculpture in particular has the power to reflect our sense community and place.”
Commenting on the repeated targeting of the Luke Kelly statue by vandals she said: “It’s frustrating to see because someone has put so much effort into that artwork and it’s enjoyed by the locality.”
Details of the six commissions are available on its new website www.sculpturedublin.ie.