1916 sculpture commissioned for Dun Laoghaire baths

by Rebecca Ryan
Artist, Mark Richards, was selected to create a 1916 sculpture of Roger Casement for the Dun Laoghaire Baths

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has commissioned a 1916 sculpture for the Dun Laoghaire Baths.

The piece of art will be of Roger Casement, who was born in Sandycove, to commemorate the part he played in the Rising.

The chosen location for the sculpture is on a plinth at the end of the jetty which will be constructed as part of the Baths Project, due for completion in 2020.

The winning artist, Mark Richards, was selected following a two-stage process, organised by Visual Arts Ireland on behalf of dlr. Four artists were shortlisted from 40 submissions to a call for expressions of interest.

The sculpture will be a figurative representation of Roger Casement and will measure 3m in height, just over 1.5 times life size.

The figure will be cast in bronze, which will mature and reflect the climatic conditions of the site as the years pass.

An Cathaoirleach of dlr, Cllr Tom Muphy said: “I think Mark Richards is a very worthy winner of the selection process.

“His design encapsulates the very essence of Roger Casement as he stood on the dock and said the words: ‘I landed in Ireland. It was to Ireland I came; to Ireland I wanted to come’.

“Furthermore, by locating the piece amidst the arrangement of levels on the jetty at Dun Laoghaire Baths, suggests he is stepping ashore.”

The plinth will be inscribed in Irish on the west face and English on the north face. A QR code linking to a website that tells of the story of Roger Casement will be developed.

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