Monday 20 November 2017

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Eamonn O'Doherty's Anna Livia statue in Croppy Acre, Dublin. Photo: COLLINS
Eamonn O'Doherty's Anna Livia statue in Croppy Acre, Dublin. Photo: COLLINS

The recent death of the artist Eamonn O'Doherty has reminded me of controversies surrounding his most (in)famous public sculpture: the Anna Livia fountain.

Although it did not cost the public purse a cent, as it was paid for by the Smurfit Corporation, it was never popular with the critics but popular with Dubliners as a place to have lunch.

It now is on display at the Croppy Acre, opposite Heuston Station, minus its flowing water and therefore not a fountain and not conceptually representing the flow of the River Liffey.

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