Ireland calls itself the land of saints and scholars. Many categories come under scholars, including artists and writers. As I travel looking for gates and doors to photograph, I have also taken a few pix of the roadway sculptures.
I recently learned that Ireland has a law that took 1% of the cost of building a roadway and targeted for roadway art as part of the Percent for Art Scheme. and is capped at €64,000. In a Journal article, I also learned that you can travel from Dublin to Cork and not find one bathroom or food service. That article was written in 2010 and I see they are in the process of building a couple of these now. And believe or not, Pope Boniface is to blame for the Irish and English driving on the left side of the road. Apparently, the pope decreed that all pilgrims must pass each other right side to right side. To be contrary, Napoleon changed that to the opposite but that only held to the continent. Why the Americans drive on the right, I do not know but perhaps due to Napoleonic influence.
A lot of the road or street sculptures have an Irish History background but my favorites are the whimsical pieces.
Outside Wexford is my favorite…The metal Tree
I pass this frequently and always without my camera..but will get some close ups soon..I love the chair in the tree branch
Another is the hedgehog
From the road, it is really very lifelike
In Dublin, there is a lot more. Every major building seems to have a sculpture and of course, there is the spire itself, a pin like 390 ft high aluminum piece on O’Connell St.
I get lost in a clothes closet so that is the only way I can find my way around is to go to the spire and get going from there. But a couple of the more famous and scandalous are two sculptures of women.
The Irish are well known for their sense of humor and also seem to take a real delight in giving these statues names that might be a bit catchy or even sketchy. A play on words!
One is Molly Malone, a statue of a young girl selling shellfish from her cart. Shes has been moved a multiple of times around the town, seems whenever someone thinks she is too public & sometimes referred to as the Tart with the Cart
And another is sometimes referred to as The Floozie in the Jacuzzi
This is actually a tribute piece to the river Liffey in Ireland- the stature of Anne Livia a character in James Joyce’s Finnigan’s Wake. The artist Eamon O’Doherty.
Of course, there are multitudes of other sculptures in and about Ireland. If you like, I’ll show you more as time goes on.