Giant acorn to commemorate 1916 at Áras
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.
The 2.8 metre bronze acorn is intended to symbolise the centenary of the birth of Ireland - great oaks from little acorns grow.
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.