Art In Parks

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The Oscar Wilde Memorial(1997) Natural Histories(1994) Liberty Bell(1988) Joker’s Chair - Dermot Morgan Memorial (2002)
By Danny Osborne
Commissioned by the Guinness Ireland Group Merrion Square 
Natural Histories(1994)
By Austin McQuinn
Commissioned by The Blessington St. Basin Action Committee in association with Dublin City Council and with thanks to Fifth Class, St. Mary’s Boys School, Dorset Street
Liberty Bell(1988) 
By Vivienne Roche
Winner of a Dublin Millenium Sculpture Symposium Award 1988 St. Patrick’s Park 
Joker’s Chair - Dermot Morgan Memorial (2002)
By Catherine Greene
Erected with the generous assistance of RTÉ and Dublin City Council Merrion Square 


Parks provide an accessible outdoor gallery for temporary and permanent public art and currently over 20 parks contain sculptural pieces. The subject matter is wide and variable from pieces dedicated to notable individuals to those of a more abstract nature. Art appreciation is subjective, sometimes controversial, but overall a welcome addition to our city parks.

Artwork is obtained through donations of pieces to the Council as well as through commissioning. Artwork for donation will be assessed on artistic merit, site suitability, appropriateness to the city context and on cost and maintenance implications. These criteria are also suitable when art is commissioned and in particular, the relevance to the park character and park concept is considered important. A city wide policy on public art has been prepared and is administered by the Public Art Advisory Group.

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Art in Parks Guide

The guide to sculptural art within city parks tells the story behind the sculpture, the artist and the parks in which they are located. Feedback from the public on the guide is welcome.
Click here to download guide (PDF 7MB)