“My God, who thought that up?”

The Sunday Times reports on a new decommissioning process in Dublin.

The council said that, before the decommissioning policy, there were no formal procedures for the removal of works in Dublin. Ruairí Ó Cuív, the council’s public-art manager, said he had proposed the policy last year to stop the “willy-nilly” removal of art. Eamonn O’Doherty, the sculptor of the Anna Livia fountain (the “Floozie in the Jacuzzi”), which was on O’Connell Street from 1988 to 2000 and is arguably the most famous public artwork to be removed from the streets of Dublin, questioned why there was a need to remove public artworks when the city had so few. “I was unable to get a definitive answer as to who made the decision to remove the Anna Livia. Whenever I brought the question up with officials, they said they supposed it was the city manager, which was just an excuse,” said O’Doherty, who also designed the Galway Hookers in Eyre Square and the famine memorial in New York.

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  • joeCanuck

    As is said, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Not everyone will like a particular piece of art and it’s disgraceful if some bureaucrat is allowed to make decisions to remove public art. There is so little of it about. I love old Italian cities where there is a fountain round almost every corner.

  • Danny Boy

    Ach, I didn’t realise the Floozy was gone. What a pity.

  • FitzjamesHorse

    The Floozy in the Jacuzzi was removed quite rightly because each morning a lot of syringes and drugs stuff was found in it.
    They have the “tart with the cart” (Molly Malone), the “p***k with the stick” (Joyce), the “W***a on the Banka” (Kavanagh)….none of which is beyond mediocre. On the other hand Oscar Wilde is quite good.
    Belfast alas is catching up with mediocre art.

    Around the concourse of the Victoria Centre yesterday was about 20 god=awful statues of angels. All painted up by presumably 4 year olds. And all no doubt “symbolic”.

  • Paddy

    Before Nelson was removed in 1966, there were statues to three adulterers in O’Connell St. Now, only two remain.
    The James Connolly statue is not bad. No jokes were made about that.