James Joyce Statue

James Joyce Statue, Dublin, Ireland

Public Art : James Joyce Statue (aka "Prick with the stick")

Sculptor: © Marjorie Fitzgibbon

Date: 16th of June 1990 (Bloomsday)

Description: 8ft Bronze statue of Irish writer, James Joyce, featuring his walking cane, large wide brimmed hat, horn rimmed glasses and his slight slouch.

Inscription:

 

James Joyce
1802 – 1941

Unveiled By the Right Honourable
The Lord Mayor of Dublin
Alderman Senator Sean Haughey
On Bloomsday 1990

Presented to the City
By the
North Earl Street Business Association



Location: North Earl Street just off O'Connell Street, Dublin, Ireland.

Cast: Arts Bronze Foundry

Cost: IR£20,000

Commissioned  By: North Earl Street Business Association and The Dublin City Centre Business Association.

Background of James Joyce: James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (1882-1941) is considered to be one of the greatest English writers of the 20th century. He is best known for his novels Ulysses (1922) Finnegans Wake (1939), A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and a short story collection Dubliners (1914). The grumpy rogue had a love/hate relationship with Ireland, the city of his birth and childhood, yet the majority of his works were set there. Joyce spent most of his life in Europe including Switzerland, Italy and France. A controversial and complex man, Joyce had family and alcohol issues, eye problems and a mentally ill daughter.

History: Following the redevelopment of some of the retail streets to "pedestrian only" streets in Dublin in 1980, the Business Association thought it a good idea to mark the success of the North Earl Street with a piece of public art. A committee was set up (lead by Arthur Walls), comprising of local traders and publicans to oversee the proposal. The chosen subject was James Joyce, partly because Arthur Walls was a distance relative and more importantly because Joyce was once (for a very short time) a manager of the nearby Volta Cinema.  The committee chose well known sculptor, Marjorie FitzGibbon in 1979, to submit a design which was unanimously approved. The statue took 10 months to complete. The only issue the committee debated was the height of the plinth which was considered too low. After much debate it was agree to leave it low so that Joyce would appear at "street level" with the pedestrians.

Trivia: There is also a bust of James Joyce in St Stephen Green, Dublin, Ireland and a statue in Trieste, Italy.

James Joyce had a fear of dogs and thunderstorms.

An accomplished tenor, Joyce once won a bronze medal in a singing competition. Rumor has it he was not at all happy with the result, so he threw the medal into the river Liffey (where it probably still lies).

Other Public Art Works of Marjorie Fitzgibbon :

'Three Children Playing in Water' (stone and bronze fountain)  Fountain Centre, Belfast, NI
'Three Graces' ( bronze and stone fountain) Stonehill College, USA
African Boy (larger than life size) Concern Head-Quarters, Dublin, Ireland
St.Bridgets (life size) St.Bridgets Church, Belfast, NI
'Mother and Child' (life size) Rotunda Hostpital, Dublin Ireland
Eamonn Andrews (larger than life size) Lobby, Reception RTE, Dublin Ireland
Sir Bazil Liddel-Hart, Bust. The Imperial war museum and Kings College, UK
Lord Killanin. Bust. Olympic Head-Quarters, Switzerland
Stephen Hawking. Bust. Albert Einstein Museum, Switzerland
'Handicapped Child'. Head. Central Remedial Clinic, Dublin Ireland
James Joyce. Bust. St.Stephen's Green, Dublin Ireland
His Holiness Pope John-Paul II. Bust. Papal Chambers, Vatican
His Holiness Pope John-Paul II. Bust. Maynooth Ireland
The Blessed Charles. Bust. Mount Argus Church, Dublin Ireland
Mr. & Mrs. O'Reilly. (Parents of Dr.O'Reilly) Busts. Science Building, TCD, Dublin Ireland
Sir Alfred & Lady Beit. Busts. National Gallery of Ireland and Russburough House, Wicklow Ireland
Chief Justice Niall McCarthy, Bust. The National Archives & Kings Inns, Dublin Ireland.
Jeff Smurfit. Bust. Head office, Smurfit Group, Dublin Ireland.
Michael Smurfit. Bust. The kildare Hotel, Kildare, Ireland
Mick Holly. Bust. K Club golf course, Kildare Ireland
Dr.Patrick Hillery. President of Ireland. Bust. Aras an Uachtarain, Dublin Ireland
Denis Johnston. Bust, The Abbey Theatre, Dublin Ireland
Pierre Emmanuel. Bust. The Common Market Museum, Paris, France
Lazar Harche. Bust. Boulevard Lazar, Paris France
President Oscar Arias Sanchez. Bust. Presidential Palace, San Jose, Costa Rica
Oliver D'Arcy Magee. Bust. Memorial Park, Carlingford, County Louth, Ireland
Sir Tyrone Guthrie. Head. The Old Vic, London. & Tryrone Guthrie Theatre, Minn, USA
Henry Healy. Bust. Gallagher Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin Ireland
Henry Moore. Head. Gallagher Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin Ireland

Henry Guiness. Plaque. Henry Guiness Building, off Dame Street, Dublin Ireland

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