Inverted Oil Rig ‘Dobby fin millen drill’ (Nightmare on Duck Street), May 29 2011

Artist Name(s) Alan Phelan
Artwork title Inverted Oil Rig ‘Dobby fin millen drill’ (Nightmare on Duck Street)
Context/Background Commissioned by Dublin City Council as part of the development of Fr Collins Park, a new and sustainable green space in North Dublin, Alan Phelan’s sculpture is a development of a work originally made for the gallery in 2005. The design was taken from this work and so the resulting sculpture can read like a 3D drawing, as it is made from square metal profiles.  Unveiled in May 2011, Inverted Oil Rig ‘Dobby fin millen drill’ (Nightmare on Duck Street) was named with the help of local school children from St Francis of Assisi Primary School, Belmayne, Balgriffin. The work consists of a 7m tall upside down ‘oil rig’ placed in the Park’s lake.

Oil Rig structure with fountains constructed of chromed steel, rubber and water pumps. The sculpture is 510 long x 570 wide x 700 high cm.


Alan Phelan, born Dublin, 1968. Received BA, Dublin City University, 1989 and MFA, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, 1994.

Commission Type Local Authority
Commissioner Name Ruairí Ó Cuív for Dublin City Council
Commissioning process Competition
Project commission dates January 1, 2010 – May 29, 2011
Artform Visual Arts
Funded By Dublin City Council
Percent for art Yes
Budget Range 35000 – 70000 euro
Project commission start date 01/01/2010
Project commission end date 29/05/2011
Location Fr Collins Park, Clongriffin, Co Dublin
County Dublin
Town Clongriffin
Street Address Hole in the Wall Road, Clongriffin, Co Dublin
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Public engagement

Alan Phelan facilitated workshops with the children of St Francis of Assisi National School, Belmayne, in order to choose an alternative name for the work.