Preview of Antony Gormley’s Dublin Docklands vision..

There was plenty of speculation on what, exactly, the winning commission by Antony Gormley for Dublin Docklands was going to look like, see here also, and today’s Irish Times reports that he has released some images of the proposed sculpture.. [subs req] although the only image I can find, from the IT report, is somewhat spoiled by the foreground image interfering with the perspective.. it will be 48 metres high remember..

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  • Harry Flashman

    What a pile of vapid, meaningless, trite, pointless garbage.

  • joeCanuck

    It is a pity indeed Pete that there is nothing in the view to give any idea of just how tall this sculpture will be.
    It reminds me somewhat of that awesome modern “sculpture”, the olympic stadium (Bird’s nest) in Beijing.
    I can’t help but wonder too whether huge statues of antiquity (or the Statue of Liberty even) have an internal framework something similar to this.

  • Wilde Rover

    From the Irish Times

    “This dynamic has been reversed in this proposal for Dublin, where the pedestrians on the street will be “Lilliputians” relative to the sculpture.”

    Is “Lilliputians” a term used by Mr Gormley? If so, is it his intention that the citizens of Dublin should think of themselves as trite and petty?

    Mr Gormley said: “The work will allude to the human body as a dynamic interconnected matrix evoking the collective body, which is in itself in dynamic relation to the movement of people in the street and across the new Seán O’Casey Bridge.”

    “Interconnected matrix” and “the collective body” is reminiscent of the Borg in Star Trek, and of course the Matrix.

    Doubtless, the name selection process will begin in earnest.

    How about Gulliver in the Gutter?

  • It looks like it’s in the Liffey itself?

    In which case I propose:

    The Chap in The Crap.

  • The Third Policeman

    The Bloke in the Boak?

  • hurdy gurdy man

    A dissappointing effort from the normally reliable Gormley.

    At least it’s free of the mawkishness that afflicts much of the public art in Belfast – the world capital of bad public art.

  • miss fitz

    Oh Look!
    Its the partner for Nuala with the Hoola.

    Willie the wire man

  • miss fitz
  • Dewi

    It’s funny Miss Fitz – I think that is quite cool…..

  • joeCanuck

    The Holy Man.

  • Penelope

    good one Miss Fitz!!! great minds think alike for I thought the same thing 🙂

  • manichaeism

    It’s horrible but not quite as horrible as the horrible spire. Now that is really horrible. It also looks horribly dirty despite the fact that it’s been cleaned recently. Dirt is horrible. But not quite as horrible as the horrible spire.

  • Not on topic at all, but this is the first cultural thread I’ve come across.

    Duke Special’s gig in the Empire last night, which I’ve blogged about on Three Thousand Versts, was just superb.

    Belfast has really taken to his music and you could tell from the crowd reaction that his songs are a najor part of people’s lives.

    I think the guy deserves a thread on Slugger. He’s Northern Ireland’s most extraordinary showman just now.

  • joeCanuck

    It’s not the first here by any means Ziz.
    Pete throws them in from time to time including items from the R.O.I. despite the occasional whine “What’s this got to do with N.I.?”

  • sportsman

    Awful. Utter crap. I would like to see a huge Celtic Cross which you could climb up and peek out of.

  • Eamonn

    What is it about public art? Asking the public what they think of public art is a waste of time because the public just doesn’t get it. Parisiens hated the Eiffel Tower when it first went up. “That’s awful.” “What’s it supposed to be?” “I don’t like it.” “It’s like a TV transmitter.” Best to just put the stuff up and let the ignorant masses get used to it.

  • Pete Baker

    Well, as I suggested, I don’t think there’s enough detail shown in the released image to assess the actual proposal.

    I still think the eventual sculpture will be courageous.. and impressive.

    As Shane Hegarty records on his Irish Times blog

    [Antony Gormley] tells The Irish Times that it will be “like a charcoal drawing against the sky, changing as your position changes in relation to it. Up close you will see through it, in the distance it will cohere into a bodily image.”

    At the minute we only have the ‘distance’ view.. and it is to be, I will remind you, 48 metres high..

  • joeCanuck

    “What’s it supposed to be?”
    The meaning will be very different to different people.
    Myself, I must confess to not “understanding” a lot of modern art.
    I’m no art critic but part of my understanding is that once perspective had been perfected and then along came photography, many artists felt the need to explore how to represent the essence of their (often troubled) thoughts in other ways.

  • It’s not the first here by any means Ziz.
    Pete throws them in from time to time including items from the R.O.I. despite the occasional whine “What’s this got to do with N.I.?”

    I know Joe. I simply meant the first I could find from the top of the page.