Driving on the N52 to Tullamore in Offaly, we pass these four 25 feet tall figures watching from the hills overlooking the motorway.
They are part of the Irish Per Cent for Art scheme which sees 1% of the cost of every new road in Ireland set aside to fund a piece of art. These figures are by sculptor Maurice Harron and depict the theme Saints and Scholars. One carries a chalice, the others a book, bishop’s staff and flock of birds or souls.
Here’s the one with the chalice.
…and here’s the one with the staff.
With the stainless steel glinting in the sunlight against the backdrop of the black rain clouds, they were pretty impressive. Public money well spent.
Here’s an interesting article which gives more background on Ireland’s roadside art gallery.