O’Connell Plinth
City Hall

The O’Connell Plinth stands outside City Hall on Dame Street, where it is passed by tens of thousands of pedestrians and road-users each day. City Hall was originally built as the Royal Exchange, Dublin’s main centre of trading and commerce in the eighteenth century. It has been the seat of the capital city’s local government since it was purchased and renamed by the City Corporation (now Dublin City Council) in the early 1850s.

About the plinth

The O’Connell Plinth was originally constructed to support the monumental statue of Daniel O’Connell – ‘The Liberator’ – by John Hogan, that is now located in the Rotunda in City Hall. The plinth is made up of six blocks of Dalkey granite, with mouldings at the base and top, and is located at street level in a paved area leading to the main entrance of City Hall.

About the commission

This commission invites artists to imagine a new, temporary sculpture for the O’Connell Plinth. The removal of the original statue transformed it from a conventional mechanism of display into a vacant anomaly. The space left behind is a provocation, one that demands a physical and conceptual response. It is waiting to be occupied – but by what?

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 the awarded commission will be installed for one year. 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 21 August 2020.