Sunday 22 April 2018

Giant acorn to commemorate 1916 at 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
Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy

A giant acorn structure has been selected as the winning project for a 1916-themed sculpture at the Phoenix Park.

President Michael D Higgins has announced that sculptor Rachel Joynt will create the 'Dearcán na nDaoine/People's Acorn' art for Áras an Uachtaráin.

Sculptor Rachel Joynt
Sculptor Rachel Joynt

The 2.8 metre bronze acorn is intended to symbolise the centenary of the birth of Ireland - great oaks from little acorns grow.

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

The acorn will have thousands of life-size pencils subtly integrated into the texture of the surface of the acorn with names engraved into them.

A selection of people's writing will also be embossed into the surface.

The sculpture will house a 'time capsule' with letters and poems written by two generations - the children of today and those who lived through the birth of our nation.

"I believe that Rachel Joynt's project will be a fitting and lasting symbol of Ireland's quest for self-determination and our ongoing effort to meet the aspirations of those who dreamed of a different Ireland," Mr Higgins said.

Irish Independent

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