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Sculptor ~ Eamonn O’Doherty

This sculpture, in polished and patinated bronze, combines the symbol of medicine, the Rod of Aesculapius and its coiled serpents, with the laurel wreath of Hygieia, mythological goddess of health, and the double helix of the DNA.



The work is dedicated to the countless men, women and children who have occupied the various institutions on this site during the last three hundred years, and celebrates the evolution of the modern St. James’s Hospital.



Eamonn O’Doherty was born in Derry in 1939 and studied at University College Dublin, earning a degree in architecture. Later he became lecturer at the Department of Architecture at the Dublin Institute of Technology. In various capacities he also taught on the Dún Laoghaire College of Art and Design(Ireland), the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris (France), Harvard University (USA), University of Nebraska (USA) and the University of Jordan (Jordan)

He was responsible for some of the best-loved works of public art in the Republic – including the Quincentennial Sculpture in Galway’s Eyre Square, the James Connolly Memorial across from Dublin’s Liberty Hall and the Anna Livia fountain (aka ‘the floozie in the Jacuzzi), which was relocated from O’Connell Street to Croppy Acre Memorial Park near Heuston Station.

I have in the past featured Swans a work by Eamonn, alas, my old blog is down right now and I am unable to give you a working link.


Bust of Nobel Prize winning poet, Rabindranath Tagore in St Stephen's Green Dublin, Ireland.

Bust of Nobel Prize winning poet, Rabindranath Tagore in St Stephen’s Green Dublin, Ireland.

Rabindranath Tagore ~ Bronze
Artist ~ Unknown.

This bust of the Indian nationalist and Nobel Prize winning poet “GURUDEV” Rabindranath Tagore, was unveiled on the 17th October 2011 to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth.

The bust was unveiled at St. Stephen’s Green by Mr. Eamon Gilmore, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Ireland. & Mrs. Prennet Kaur, Minister of State for External Affairs. India. This is the first Non-Irish statue unveiled in Stephen’s Green Park.

Irish Poet W. B. Yeats was his close friend and who translated Gitanjali into English.

Rabindranath Tagore was a great poet, author and had made an immense contribution to Indian literature and music. He became the first non-European Nobel laureate by earning the 1913 Prize in Literature.

 “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky.”

Verse 292, Stray Birds, 1916.

Below is an English translation of the final poem written by Tagore just two weeks before he died.

“I’m lost in the middle of my birthday.
I want my friends,
their touch,
with the earth’s last love.
I will take life’s final offering,
I will take the human’s last blessing.
Today my sack is empty.
I have given completely
whatever I had to give.
In return if I receive anything –
some love, some forgiveness –
then I will take it with me
when I step on the boat that crosses
to the festival of the wordless end.”

The Three Fates

The Three Fates St. Stephens Green, Dublin

The Three Fates
St. Stephens Green, Dublin

The Three Fates ~ Bronze
Sculptor ~ Professor Josef Wackerle

The fountain is situated near the Leeson Street entrance to St. Stephens Green, Dublin, Ireland. It consists of a group of three bronze figures – representing the Three Fates, who weave and measure the thread of man’s destiny.

The Three Fates  St. Stephens Green, Dublin

The Three Fates
St. Stephens Green, Dublin

The statue was a gift offered by Roman Herzog, President of the Federal Republic of Germany at the time.

The Three Fates (3) St. Stephens Green, Dublin

The Three Fates (3)
St. Stephens Green, Dublin

The engraving on the plaque is in German, Irish and English:

German: In Dankbarkeit für die Hilfe, die das irische Volk deutschen Kindern nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg gewährte

Irish: Le buíochas as an gcabhair a thug muintir na hÉireann do pháistí Gearmánacha tar éis an Dara Cogadh Domhanda

English: With gratitude for the help given to German children by the Irish people after World War II.

Four Angels

Four Angels Fountain_1

Four Angels Fountain ~ Bronze
Sculptor ~ Edward Delaney

Four Angels Fountain_2

The Four Angels Fountain at College Green, Dublin, Ireland, is a secondary piece to the Davis Memorial. The statue of Davis, was unveiled on College Green, Dublin, in 1966.

Four Angels Fountain_9

Designed by Edward Delaney and known locally as the ‘peeing angels’, the fountain in memory of Thomas Davis depicts trumpeting Heralds of the Four Provinces proclaiming one of Davis’s best-known poems A Nation Again. The surrounding tablets illustrate harrowing scenes from the Great Famine of the 1840s. 

A Nation Once Again was first published in The Nation on 13 July 1844 and quickly became a rallying call for the growing Irish nationalist movement at that time.

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This site was previously occupied by an equestrian statue of William III. That monument was blown up six times before being completely destroyed by a bomb in 1946. The wreck was taken to a corporation yard and the horses huge lead testicles were melted down and used to repair a pipe.

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In the background is the Bank of Ireland formerly known as the Irish Parliament House, was the world’s first purpose-built two-chamber parliament house.

The fountain is a great favorite of students, who regularly ‘clean up’ the angels with the addition of dish washing liquid!

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If you go down to the woods today….

As you all know, I love sculpture. Barbara my wonderful niece with a magic eye for the camera, shared the wonders she discovered while walking in the woods near Farnham in Surrey, England. I So want to go there and experience the place for myself. I particularly loved the shoe trees. What is your favourite?

I am still having fun and being absolutely spoiled, but I may wait until I get home to blog about my adventures!

Little Acorns

- Little Acorns Sculpture ~ Alan Cargo -

– Little Acorns Sculpture ~ Alan Cargo –

Little Acorns ~ Powder Coated Steel and Stainless Steel
Sculptor ~ Alan Cargo

Back in 2011, Antrim Borough Council encouraged local residents to take part in an exciting, new project: A sculpture representing a mighty oak tree, to be erected at the roundabout at Greystone Road, Antrim. I found it during construction, but was unable to discover the back story until now.

Little Acorns ,showing the sections

Little Acorns ,showing the sections

It involved working with artist, Alan Cargo, to create a large metal tree complete with engraved metal leaves. Each leaf was created by an individual member of the community with a design of their choice along the themes of Round Tower, growth, strength, and connections.

Little Acorns, branches and leaves

Little Acorns, branches and leaves

Unfortunately, because of the 7.5m height, and positioning of the completed sculpture on the roundabout, it was not possible to get up close to see the words and imagery on to the 320 stainless steel leaves and acorns.

The project is part of the Positive Spaces programme, helping communities enhance their neighbourhoods with positive and cross-community public art.

Almost a silhouette, to give an idea of the shape.

Almost a silhouette, to give an idea of the shape.

Alan Cargo has for more than a decade successfully completed 25 large scale public art sculptural projects, and taken part in exhibitions both internationally and locally.

He has lived and worked in England, Ireland and Africa both as a teacher and designer / maker of sculpture, and has traveled extensively in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He is currently a lecturer of 3D Design (Sculpture) in Belfast Metropolitan College.

A wide range of materials and engineering techniques are used to realise his work, and he likes to have a hands-on approach to all the manufacturing stages involved in making the work a process. He has this to say about ‘Little Acorns’:

Commissioner, Antrim Borough Council / European Development Fund.
The four parts of this sculpture line up to make a ‘great oak’ tree at one point of the viewers journey round the roundabout creating a sense of visual anticipation, and reflecting the somewhat fractured nature of the surrounding communities. Direct inclusion of peoples words and imagery sand blasted on to the 320 stainless steel leaves and acorns advances the idea that community is strengthened when everyone can speak, words and imagery from workshops with 5 primary schools and 4 community groups are included.

About four years ago, I wrote about a very different tree not far from this one. It was Brian Connolly’s The Healing Tree.

When I discover how to pull over the approx 2,300 posts from my old blog, you will be able to dander through my sculpture series that began with the story of Dickie, Sam & Billy. If you scroll down the comments, you will find a comment from Brian Alabaster, the sculptor of the piece. I have to confess it is still my favourite.

Sweet Water Arch

Sweet Water Arch ~ stainless steel
Artists: Denis O’Connor & Bernie Rutter

Sweet Water Arch stands four metres high in the car park adjacent to the Lyric Theatre, opposite the Governor’s Bridge and across the road from Stranmillis College. It links the communities on both sides of the river, symbolises the theatrical connection with the Lyric and the flow of the river. It also features details from the impressive frontage of Stranmillis College, designed by Charles Lanyon, and oars.

You can see the oars, perhaps the chair is a symbol of the seat of learning at the college.

Children from three local schools worked with artists and lecturers to help design the  piece. along with input from art and design students from Stranmillis College, local historians and residents groups all helped contribute to the content of the sculpture.
The name, Sweet Water Arch, derives from the Irish for the area ‘An Srúthan Milís’ or ‘sweet stream’.

View from the other side.

Denis O’Connor hails from Cork and with his partner Bernie Rutter they together form Sculpture Works based in Wirksworth, Derbyshire, where they create work for national and international commissions, residencies and exhibitions.