Dublin – Elgin marble sculptures and sculptures from around the world are in place in the centre of the city as the city’s first ever arts and culture centre opens.
The Elgin Marbles are the citys first sculpture installation in Ireland.
The sculpture was installed in the heart of Dublin city centre on Friday afternoon.
It is the brainchild of renowned Irish artist and sculptor Noel Dermott and was created by the artist as part of the installation.
Its about time, said Mr Dermott, adding it shows that the city is evolving.
“It’s just about time that we start moving forward with the arts in Ireland,” he said.
In terms of the sculpture, it is about time for the city to embrace the arts, I think, in a more creative way.””
And so I think it is important that we do that.”
In terms of the sculpture, it is about time for the city to embrace the arts, I think, in a more creative way.
“I think the sculpture speaks for itself and I think that the arts have really come to Dublin in the last few years and I’m sure it will continue to do so.”
Mr Dermott said he wanted to create an immersive experience, not just a museum piece, and that the installation had a “real impact” on people.
The installation includes the world’s largest marble, an image of the City of Dublin, and a replica of Dublin Castle.
Mr Dermotors project is being funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and the Fine Arts Council.
“This sculpture is a reflection of our city and the culture that we are all passionate about,” said Arts Council director of cultural affairs, Michael Cavanagh.
“For a number of years, we have been working with local artists and the city in an effort to create a unique piece of sculpture that reflects the city.”
Our sculpture is about a city that is slowly but surely changing, and it is a fitting symbol of that change.
“The city of Dublin has been one of the most important cultural hubs in the world for more than three centuries and our sculptures are a celebration of that history.”
Mr Cavanah added that the City was a “major force in our economy”.
“We want to make sure that the new arts centre reflects that, which is what Noel is aiming for,” he added.
Mr Cahan said that it was important for people to experience what the arts can offer, including the impact on their citys future.
“Dublin is changing and that is why this sculpture is so important to us,” he continued.
We want people to feel at home here and it’s about time people started feeling comfortable in our citys vibrant city.”