Bushy Park

Bushy Park is a large suburban park situated between the mature residential suburbs of Terenure, Templeogue and Rathfarnham. Mostly frequented by people who live in the surrounding areas and well-used by local sports clubs, it accommodates a variety of outdoor facilities, amenities and landscapes, from woodland and an ornamental lake to riverbanks, meadow and grassland. The park originated in the year 1700 and was purchased by Dublin Corporation (now Dublin City Council) in 1951.

About the commission

Artists are asked to explore Bushy Park, its assorted terrains and contemporary uses, and identify a space within the park that resonates and provokes a sensitive and considered aesthetic response. A work of scale might be imagined for an open expanse of grassland, or a modest woodland intervention, water feature or folly. One might choose to draw the eye close to a detail or open up a new and surprising vista. Ultimately, the work should encourage a new encounter with nature and provoke a moment of wonder.

Public survey

Information on the public engagement programme is published in the Sculpture in the City section of this website.  Along with engaging in public programme activities over the months ahead, we invite you to share your thoughts on public sculpture, and let us know what your expectations are, by taking 5-minutes to complete this short questionnaire. Thank you!

Make a submission

This is a two-stage, open competition. The commission is open to all interested artists and invites applicants to propose a site and artistic vision in response to the brief. The Commission Brief is available to download here. All applications must be made online through the Sculpture Dublin website via the link below. The deadline for receipt of Stage One submissions is 4 September 2020.