Wednesday 18 October 2017

Sky Garden has a down-to-earth unveiling at last

Ronan, Oscar and Amy Nangle of Douglas, Cork, at the Sky Garden
Ronan, Oscar and Amy Nangle of Douglas, Cork, at the Sky Garden
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

IT won a gold medal at the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show but sparked a spectacular falling out between celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin and an Irish council.

One councillor later described it as like "the axle of an old tractor" which cost a whopping €2.3m to create. But Cork's controversial 'Sky Garden', installed at Fitzgerald Park in the Mardyke, opened yesterday to be hailed by a sceptical public as "a blooming beauty". "My God it is absolutely gorgeous . . . I never thought it would look like this," Rose Murphy said of the installation.

Gavin severed all involvement in 2012 after complaining that dealing with Cork City Council was akin to "Fr Ted . . . like Craggy Island."

The initial 'Sky Garden', hanging from a pod suspended from a crane, was ruled out on health and safety grounds. The pod is now suspended from a low-rise platform.

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