RGB Sconce, Hold Your Nose, 2021-2023

3D printed eco-plastic, bonding adhesive; paper, glue, paint, and varnish; padded steel supports.

On longterm loan to TU Dublin, Grangegorman.

In May, 2023, the sculpture was moved from City Hall to the Central Quad building foyer at the Technological University Dublin in the Grangegorman campus.

‘RGB Sconce, Hold Your Nose’ celebrates emancipation in all its forms and offers itself to the city as a symbol of hope. The design references the ornate stucco plasterwork found in Dublin’s iconic Georgian buildings. Red, green, and blue signify the diversity of modern Dublin, as all colours can be made from mixing these three. The subtitle is drawn from the 1884 Dublin Castle Scandal, acting as a counterpoint to Ireland’s progress as a forward-looking nation. A reminder that history is never straightforward, but messy and also sometimes flamboyant.

Unveiled originally at City Hall by The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Alison Gilliland on 29 September 2021.

The sculpture was made for the O’Connell Plinth which was constructed to support a monumental statue of Daniel O’Connell, ‘The Liberator’ by John Hogan, that is now located in the Rotunda in City Hall.

‘RGB Scone, Hold Your Nose’ was commissioned by Dublin City Council as part of the Sculpture Dublin programme. It was located outside City Hall for one year (but extended to 20 months).

For more information please check: https://www.sculpturedublin.ie/city-hall-o-connell-plinth/

David Archbold made a 5-part video series, ‘RGB Sconce in Context’ which will be released progressively on social media but also available to watch in full at the Sculpture Dublin website and the David Archbold website.

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