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Monday 24 July 2017

The People's Acorn: This is the giant artwork planned for the grounds of the Áras

President Michael D. Higgins has announced that sculptor Rachel Joynt has won the prestigious competition to create a 1916 themed sculpture for Áras an Uachtaráin - the People's Acorn
President Michael D. Higgins has announced that sculptor Rachel Joynt has won the prestigious competition to create a 1916 themed sculpture for Áras an Uachtaráin - the People's Acorn
The 1916 themed sculpture for Áras an Uachtaráin - the People's Acorn - the cast bronze structure is textured with pencils with names engraved onto it
The 1916 themed sculpture for Áras an Uachtaráin - the People's Acorn - the cast bronze structure is textured with pencils with names engraved onto it
The 1916 themed sculpture for Áras an Uachtaráin - the People's Acorn
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

President Michael D Higgins will soon have a view of a giant acorn in the gardens of Áras an Uachtaráin.

The bronze-cast artwork has been commissioned to commemorate the centenary of 1916 and is set to stand almost two metres high and almost three metres long.

Rachel Joynt's artwork will be completed by the end of the year and the design incorporates a time capsule.

The artist's proposal was selected as the winner of a competition to create a 1916 themed sculpture.

The 1916 themed sculpture for Áras an Uachtaráin - the People's Acorn - the cast bronze structure is textured with pencils with names engraved onto it
The 1916 themed sculpture for Áras an Uachtaráin - the People's Acorn - the cast bronze structure is textured with pencils with names engraved onto it

As part of her proposal for the giant acorn, Joynt wrote; "The nut/seed determines the form of the tree and in turn the tree nurtures the seed.

"A wonderful universal metaphor for the cyclical journey of life from youth towards maturity.

The 1916 themed sculpture for Áras an Uachtaráin - the People's Acorn - the cast bronze structure is textured with pencils with names engraved onto it
The 1916 themed sculpture for Áras an Uachtaráin - the People's Acorn - the cast bronze structure is textured with pencils with names engraved onto it

"The acorn, I feel is a very appropriate and enduring symbol to commemorate the centenary of the birth of our National Independence and our aspiration towards growing with maturity, optimism and wisdom for the future."

The acorn will be placed in the mature woodland garden at the Áras.

She continued; "As you get closer to the sculpture the viewer will notice thousands of life-size pencils subtly integrated within the fibrous texture of the nuts shell.

"Many pencils will have the first-name of their owner embossed in lettering on its surface."

The 1916 themed sculpture for Áras an Uachtaráin - the People's Acorn
The 1916 themed sculpture for Áras an Uachtaráin - the People's Acorn

The time capsule will include writings from both children and elderly people in their nineties and older.

"Children countrywide will be invited to write down their future wishes & vision living & growing up in Ireland," Joynt wrote.

"The older people will be invited to write about their memories of living and growing up in Ireland since 1916 and their vision for the future.

"All the writings will be housed safely in the time capsule."

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