RGB Sconce, hold your nose, 2021

Launching Summer 2021, this project is part of Sculpture Dublin and will be a year long temporary sculpture installed on the O’Connell Plinth, City Hall on Parliament Street.

Alan Phelan has proposed a flamboyant red, green and blue work that brings together a wealth of references: to the ornate stucco plasterwork that graces many of Dublin’s iconic Georgian buildings, the ideals of the Enlightenment (of which O’Connell was a vocal supporter), commemorative objects, lost histories, counter-narratives, and the 1884 Dublin Castle Scandal. Standing over 5 metres high, the sculpture will celebrate emancipation in all its forms and offer itself to the city as a symbol of hope.

‘I am thrilled and honoured to have won this very special inaugural commission for the O’Connell Plinth at City Hall. Sculpture Dublin is an important initiative in bringing contemporary sculpture into public awareness in some really exciting new ways. I look forward to working with the Sculpture Dublin team in delivering the proposed artwork and being part of the great tradition of public art in Dublin city. Engaging with multiple histories is an important part of what I do as an artist, so I hope to be able to create a rich conversation between art, the city and its people with this sculpture.’

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

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