If you walk into the upper courtyard in Dublin Castle between now and August 27th you will be confronted with this:
It is a sand sculpture which is the latest in a series of annual sculpture events that take place in the Castle. You may have seen the Sand Dog that appears on Grafton Street and on main shopping streets in other cities, but this is on a much bigger scale. Each year a different theme is chosen for the design and this year it is a celebration of the best things about being Irish. The artists are a group called Duthain Dealbh and they have been doing this for over 15 years now. This is the 11th annual exhibition in Dublin Castle, and I’m ashamed to say this is the first time I’ve seen it! If you are lucky some of the sculptors will be at work and you can see how they do it. I am amazed that it all seems to stick together – my sand castles always either fell apart, or had a bit missing where the sand got stuck in the bucket. What is also amazing is that they have survived some very heavy showers over the past few weeks, the rain just passes through them.
If you get a chance, go and have a look. While you are there have a browse around the Castle. The grounds and gardens are free but if you want to look inside the buildings you will have to join a guided tour, which is worth it. There is great history about this place.
Here are some more pics of the sculptures, the last one being everyone’s favourite – Your Ma!