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Worst public art in Ireland

  • 01-05-2014 11:19pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 19,552 ✭✭✭✭Muahahaha


    What do people think is the worst public art in Ireland ?

    For me it has to be this monstrosity which is found on the M7 Dublin to Cork road, just at the junction for Naas.
    http://http://www.kildare.ie/ArtsService/media/Media,21165,en.jpg

    I really pity the people of Naas having to live near that thing. I think it would be even worse for those who commute by car to Dublin every day. After a long hard days work they get in the car and spend the best part of 40 minutes grinding gears and brakes, going bumper to bumper just to get to the Red Cow roundabout. Then there's gonna be a traffic jam because of Newlands Cross roadworks, you battle through that but it's still another 15 miles till you're home, more than an hour after you left. Then when it is finally time to peel off the motorway what welcomes you after an hour of commuter hell and rush hour traffic ? A big feckin ball with road markings all over it. Talk about trying to piss people off, what on earth were the 'artists' thinking of ?

    Any better examples ?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,504 ✭✭✭ArtyC


    The ****ing Spire


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,747 ✭✭✭fleet_admiral


    ArtyC wrote: »
    The ****ing Spire

    I like the spire


  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 10,547 Mod ✭✭✭✭Robbo


    Any of those "make the urchins do a graffiti" schemes where the "marginalised" are "empowered to foster community spirit" and placate some middle class guilt. For 20 minutes until one of their mates tags a cock'n'balls motif over it, restoring the balance of nature.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,500 ✭✭✭✭DEFTLEFTHAND


    Most roadside art on the motorways is a bit :confused:

    I do like the sculptures of the bull and the 'strongman' on either side of the Nenagh bypass though.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,462 ✭✭✭✭WoollyRedHat


    That maroon looking yoke in Dun Laoghaire, it's a heap of ****e, matter of fact a polished turd would look better there.

    Say what you want about Queen Victoria, but the chick had style, that art opposite the way in tribute to her visit is much nicer.

    Here it is, contemporary art, what a load of crap:ScreenShot196.bmp

    That naked sculpture guy on the way to Centra in the UCD Campus is trying way too hard too.


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  • Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 38 Troy Lumberjack


    Dunno about the worst, but I love the herd of deer beside junction 30 on the M7 near Limerick. Verr good.


  • Registered Users Posts: 744 ✭✭✭dpofloinn


    There are 2 monstrosities on the motorway between Newmarket-on-Fergus and Ennis and I really hope that they didnt cost money.One near Ennis looks like an off cut from a coil of wire that fell off a lorry and was just left up on the bank just to get it of the road, the second one near Newmarket looks like someone was melting some metal and made a balls of it so just dumped it at the side of the road it has a tree growing up in the middle of it now ffs


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 18,184 ✭✭✭✭Lapin


    The empty bottle of Buckfast that was installed on a windowsill of one of the flats opposite Galway Railway station 6 months ago is beginning to show signs of wear and tear already.

    Needs polishing.



    Again.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,720 ✭✭✭Sir Arthur Daley


    Dunno about the worst, but I love the herd of deer beside junction 30 on the M7 near Limerick. Verr good.

    All thanks to fenton.


  • Registered Users, Subscribers Posts: 47,230 ✭✭✭✭Zaph


    Those miserable looking famine statues on the quay in front of the Custom House. Awful looking yokes, but there always seems to be an endless steam of tourists taking their photos with them. Some of the junk on the side of the Dublin-Cork road is pretty awful too.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 760 ✭✭✭Shane.C


    NUI Galway haven't a notion.

    305437.jpeg


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,747 ✭✭✭fleet_admiral


    Shane.C wrote: »
    NUI Galway haven't a notion.

    305437.jpeg
    someone playing blockbusters while on acid?


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,935 ✭✭✭ballsymchugh


    this excellent piece of public art is probably gone by now. it was somewhere along the red luas line near the four courts

    http://backontherock.com/2011/07/26/free-palestine/


  • Registered Users Posts: 32,819 ✭✭✭✭Princess Consuela Bananahammock


    Muahahaha wrote: »
    What do people think is the worst public art in Ireland ?

    For me it has to be this monstrosity which is found on the M7 Dublin to Cork road, just at the junction for Naas.
    http://http://www.kildare.ie/ArtsService/media/Media,21165,en.jpg

    I really pity the people of Naas having to live near that thing. I think it would be even worse for those who commute by car to Dublin every day. After a long hard days work they get in the car and spend the best part of 40 minutes grinding gears and brakes, going bumper to bumper just to get to the Red Cow roundabout. Then there's gonna be a traffic jam because of Newlands Cross roadworks, you battle through that but it's still another 15 miles till you're home, more than an hour after you left. Then when it is finally time to peel off the motorway what welcomes you after an hour of commuter hell and rush hour traffic ? A big feckin ball with road markings all over it. Talk about trying to piss people off, what on earth were the 'artists' thinking of ?

    Any better examples ?

    With a considise and constructive argument like that, why are you not writing the artscolumn for the Sunday Independent? I mean - this is AH! You're ****ign wasted in here...

    Everything I don't like is either woke or fascist - possibly both - pick one.



  • Registered Users Posts: 744 ✭✭✭dpofloinn


    Shane.C wrote: »
    NUI Galway haven't a notion.

    305437.jpeg


    At least its somewhat usefull. Generations of students have used the BYT as a meeting point as there is no mistaking it, unlike the random crap that is strewn across the countrys roads if it wasnt called ''ART'' it would be considered fly tipping


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,747 ✭✭✭fleet_admiral


    there is some stegosaurus rusted type thing on the road between Gorey and Arklow (I think). it freaks me out every time I go by


  • Registered Users Posts: 646 ✭✭✭cactuspaw


    There's 2 bits of metal before the toal bridge on the main Galway Dublin motorway, near Enfeild.
    They annoy me every time I pass. Look like 2 pineapple rings ether side of the road.


  • Registered Users Posts: 774 ✭✭✭debabyjesus


    The worst has to be that stupid arrangement of white spikes and colour things on an embankment of the M7 around Kildare I think. It starts off with one white spike the multiplies and ends with one white spike.

    It looks like rubbish strewn on the embankment until you realise it has some sort of pattern. I wonder how much it cost.

    I like the naas ball fwiw. The man and bull at nenagh is great. The arch on the roscrea bypass is cool but easily missed, possibly the worst placed road art from the ones I've seen.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 18,184 ✭✭✭✭Lapin


    Ah, where would we be without the BYT?

    There's a thing on the wall just inside the door of the concourse on the left explaining what it's all about.

    I read it once but I'm still none the wiser.

    All I remember is that it's been there since the 1970s which did surprise me.


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators Posts: 2,283 Mod ✭✭✭✭Chorcai


    So people want fancy Art on the motorways so drivers will be distracted because of it and crash, good logic there lads.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,489 ✭✭✭Yamanoto


    Say what you want about Queen Victoria, but the chick had style, that art opposite the way in tribute to her visit is much nicer.

    Here it is, contemporary art, what a load of crap:ScreenShot196.bmp

    The Shinners actually took exception to the restoration of that dainty gazebo opposite, describing it as 'inappropriate, unnecessary and offensive'.

    They even held a picket ffs.

    http://republican-news.org/archive/2003/May15/15dunl.html


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,462 ✭✭✭✭WoollyRedHat


    Yamanoto wrote: »
    The Shinners actually took exception to the restoration of that dainty gazebo opposite, describing it as 'inappropriate, unnecessary and offensive'.

    They even held a picket ffs.

    http://republican-news.org/archive/2003/May15/15dunl.html

    They might as well protest against all the Victorian buildings while they're at it.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,223 ✭✭✭orangesoda




  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,056 ✭✭✭_Redzer_


    Shane.C wrote: »
    NUI Galway haven't a notion.

    305437.jpeg

    I like that. I pretty much walk by it everyday and I'm still not bothered by it.

    People think art has to be something identifiable for it to be "good", which completely misses the point of art.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,720 ✭✭✭Sir Arthur Daley


    Chorcai wrote: »
    So people want fancy Art on the motorways so drivers will be distracted because of it and crash, good logic there lads.

    Having shiit art is equally if not more distracting.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,667 ✭✭✭✭Charlie19


    The shyte thats set in hills after the toll on the M4 heading for Galway.

    Just random circles, pointless dirt all together.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,552 ✭✭✭✭Muahahaha


    Here's a piece of motorway art in the uk. It's not for everyone but at least you can say it makes an impact
    http://clicks.robertgenn.com/sins.php


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,090 ✭✭✭jill_valentine


    I used to work in an office in Park West where I had a fine view of Sisyphus.

    What kind of bastard makes office workers look at something like that all day.

    http://www.orladebri.ie/works/public-works/medium/orla-de-bri-the-bastard-son-of-sisyphus-public-works-3.jpg


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,775 ✭✭✭CrabRevolution


    There's a nice monument on the N3/M3 just after the border between Meath and Dublin. Shows a man opening a gate and beckoning to the cars travelling in the Meath direction toward him.

    I like to think of it as Meath's Statue of Liberty, welcoming the tired, huddled masses coming from Dublin, yearning to breathe free.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,378 ✭✭✭Duffy the Vampire Slayer


    The disgusting multicolour statue of an accordion at Ballindine, Co Mayo.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1c/Ballindineaccordion.JPG


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