Tuesday 20 March 2018

Phoenix Park sketches drawn from past

ARTIST Sheelagh Duff is so used to the avenues and woods of the Phoenix Park she considers it her "garden".

In 1987, the Office of Public Works commissioned her to create an "illustrated record" of the park. What followed was two years of walking its 1,752 acres, capturing the park in 150 detailed ink drawings.

They were briefly displayed but then put into storage. However, 60 of the works are back on display at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre for the 350th anniversary.

Ms Duff catalogued the park's best known buildings, such as Aras an Uachtarain and McKee Barracks, as well as forgotten gems such as the original entrance to Dublin Zoo, while also highlighting some lesser-known areas such as the cemetery mound at Knockmary Hill, which is believed to date from 3,500BC.

Opening the exhibition, OPW Minister Brian Hayes said the park was a "vibrant part of Dublin city's life" and urged people to enjoy the drawings.

The Visitor Centre is open seven days a week from 10am to 6pm and admission is free.

Irish Independent

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