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I love art sculptures and I’ve seen a few on my travels here. What’s the story behind them?

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The many beautiful sculptures you’ll find across Ireland tell the island’s story. While you likely know about the famous sculptures of James Joyce, Molly Malone and others dotted under the shadow of the Spire, there are many examples of artistry to be found on every corner.

In Dublin, one of the most affecting and memorable works is the Famine memorial on Custom House Quay in Dublin’s docklands. The sculptures, created and designed by Rowan Gillespie, evoke the stark plight of the people of Ireland during the Famine of the mid-19th Century.

One of the most striking sculptures that also deals with the difficulties faced by the Irish people is Sligo’s Waiting on the Shore. It shows a woman, with her arms outstretched longingly towards the ocean beyond Sligo Bay. It’s a memorial to the men of Rosses Point parish who lost their lives at sea, and the village women who waited for them.

Back in the 1950s, legendary comic trailblazer Charlie Chaplin visited Waterville in Kerry. He came to sample the fly fishing, which was recommended to him by friend Walt Disney. Chaplin returned to Waterville regularly in the years that followed. In the centre of the village there is a statue of the comic actor, decked out in the iconic bowler hat, cane and baggy clothing of his most famous screen guise, The Tramp.

At the seafront in Ballycastle, County Antrim, you’ll be treated to the sight of four majestic swans, captured in perpetual flight. The swans in question are the mythical children of Lir who, the legend goes, were transformed from children to swans by their jealous stepmother.

Does anyone in our Community know any other impressive art sculptures on the island of Ireland?

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Posted Wed 6 Nov 2019 10:22 AM
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Meine erste Begegnung mit eindrucksvoller Straßenkunst in Irland war bei einem Spaziergang entlang des River Foyle in Derry~Londonderry. Es ist auf einem Steg oder mehr einer Anlegestelle verewigt und würde dem Spaziergänger nur wenig auffallen. 
Bei genauerem Hinschauen kann man den Spruch "Time and Tide wait for no one", lesen und findet sogar eine Sonnenuhr vor sich. Fort George hat sogar eine Beschreibung zur Nutzung der Sonnenuhr mit angebracht, sodass jeder sie mit dem eigenen Schatten nutzen kann. Für mich ist neben der Kunst der Spruch von besonderer Bedeutung, denn die Zeit und die Gezeiten warten nicht und man sollte daher jeden Moment schätzen. 
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Living up along the Wild Atlantic Way on the Inishowen Peninsula, we are surrounded by many natural wonders but there are some stunning man-made sculptures too!

In Letterkenny, there are two roundabouts as you drive towards the town from Derry~Londonderry, the first is known as the Dry Arch Roundabout, which has an impressive example of a traditional railway arch with a statue by Maurice Harron depicting a generation of men who had worked on building the original bridge and train track at the Dry Arch, Letterkenny. In the piece, the figures are lifting a piece of stone, which is a piece saved from the original bridge.

The second is known as Pole Star by Locky Morris. Again standing on a roundabout by the Tourist Information office, it depicts loosely a boat shape to mark an historic past where trade and goods were landed by boat and transported to the surrounding areas by rail and road.

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Non ho mai avuto una passione per il mare, ma con tanti amici amanti delle onde e degli sport legati all'acqua (windsurf e kitesurf), anche io ho imparato ad apprezzare la compagnia dell'oceano. 

Una delle mie sculture preferite è quella di Manannán mac Lir a Gortmore, Magilligan, nella Contea di Derry~Londonderry (realizzata dallo scultore John Sutton).
Si può fare una passeggiata seguendo il percorso del Binevenagh Loop, parte della Causeway Coastal Route, fare un picnic nelle aree adibite e scoprire di più sulla figura mitologica di Manannan Mac Lir, Dio celtico del mare.

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¡Qué increíbles descubrimientos y hermosísimas esculturas!

Quisiera mencionar en más detalle una de las más bellas esculturas que vi en mi vida y Ellie comentó arriba. Se llama Los Hijos de Lir y es realmente algo fuera de este mundo.

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La misma representa la historia de hermanos pasaron 300 años en Lough Derravaragh en Westmeath y la isla de Inishglora en la cost de Mayo. Realmente algo mágico que es difícil de expresar con palabras.

Una obra de arte en su máxima expresión en un área cubierta de hierba del paseo marítimo de Ballycastle de Antrim, cuatro cisnes cuelgan en el aire, en pleno vuelo. :) El genio detrás de esta creación se llama Malcolm Robertson, graduado en Escultura en la Escuela de Arte de Glasgow en 1974, y recibió su diploma docente en el Jordanhill College of Education en 1975.

Sin dudas, una de sus mejores obras maestras embelleciendo la hermosa costa de Ballycastle.

¡A ver qué otras joyas tenemos la suerte de ver nuestra hermosa comunidad! :D


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Una de las esculturas que más me gustaron durante mi viaje a la zona sur de Irlanda fue la de la cabra Puck, en Killorglin, condado de Kerry.

La historia detrás de esta escultura es muy curiosa, ya que en este pueblo se celebra una de las ferias más antiguas de Irlanda, del siglo XVII.

Durante tres días de agosto, el 10, 11 y 12, una cabra es coronada "Rey de Puck". Durante esos días el pueblo se decora y llena de mercadillos y visitantes, por lo que recomiendo que si coincide que algún viajero se encuentra por la zona, no deje de visitar esta curiosa festividad.

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Una delle sculture irlandesi che mi ha sempre affascinato si chiama “Hands Across the Divide” di Maurice Harron e si trova a Derry-Londonderry. E’ una scultura in bronzo situata all’estremità del ponte Craigavon e fu inaugurata nel 1992, ossia 20 anni dopo la Bloody Sunday.

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“Hands Across the Divide” di Maurice Harron

La scultura ritrae due uomini che tendono il braccio l’uno verso l’altro e le loro mani si sfiorano ma non si toccano. E’ un’opera che simboleggia lo spirito di riconciliazione e riappacificazione raggiunta tra le due comunità che compongono la città.



Essendo situata al centro di una rotatoria, si può ammirare la linearità e la simmetria del gruppo scultoreo da qualsiasi punto. In particolare, se si arriva da Belfast con l'autobus e ci si siede sul lato del conducente al piano di sopra, si avrà una buona visione di questa scultura.

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Een van mijn favoriete standbeelden/kunstwerken op het eiland is die van de grote vis in Belfast, aan de kade van de Lagan. Het standbeeld is een afbeelding van de legendarische 'Salmon of Knowledge', maar staat lokaal vooral bekend als de 'Big Fish'. 
Zijn schalen zijn gemaakt van blauwe en witte keramiektegels, bedrukt met oude krantenartikels, prenten die de geschiedenis van de stad uitbeelden en kindertekeningen uit scholen in de omgeving.
Heel leuk om even mee op de foto te staan, als je van het stadscentrum naar het Titanic Quarter wandelt via de voetgangersbrug. :)

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El pasado mes de febrero visité Glenveagh National Park, una de las visitas obligadas en el condado de Donegal. En una de las varias rutas que se pueden recorrer por allí, me sorprendió toparme con dos estatuas que nunca esperaría encontrar en Irlanda…
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Aparentemente, estas "Estatuas Guardían" traídas de la isla de Bali, Indonesia, tienen el propósito de evitar que los espíritus malignos se adentren en los terrenos sagrados.

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