Anna Livia (monument)

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Bronze sculpture of a young woman reclining with legs crossed, surrounded by flowing water in the middle of a rectangular fountain
The sculpture in its O'Connell Street location
Bronze sculpture a young woman reclining with legs crossed, in a still pool of water
The sculpture in its current location

Anna Livia is a bronze monument located in Croppies Memorial Park in Dublin, Ireland. It was formerly located on O'Connell Street.[1]

Designed by the sculptor Éamonn O'Doherty,[2] the monument was commissioned by businessman Michael Smurfit, in memory of his father, for the Dublin Millennium celebrations in 1988.[3]

The monument is a personification of the River Liffey (Abhainn na Life in Irish) which runs through the city. Anna Livia Plurabelle is the name of a character in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake who also embodies the river. In the monument's original location, the river was represented as a young woman sitting on a slope with water flowing past her. Dubliners nicknamed it the Floozie in the Jacuzzi,[1][4] a nickname that was encouraged by the sculptor.[5]

The monument was removed from its site on O'Connell Street in 2001 to make room for the Spire of Dublin. In late February 2011, partly reworked and refurbished, the statue was relocated to Croppies Memorial Park next to the Liffey, near Heuston station.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "New home for Dublin's 'Floozy'". BBC News. 24 January 2006. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  2. ^ Colin Coyle (22 February 2009). "Dublin’s ‘floozie’ still out in the cold". Sunday Times. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  3. ^ James O. Jackson (27 March 2001). "Dublin: From Boom to Busts". Time. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  4. ^ Sue Denham (18 July 2004). "No rest over Dail holiday period as deckchairs get rearranged". Sunday Times. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Éamonn O'Doherty". Visual Arts Cork. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Allison Bray (25 February 2011). "Dubliners re-Joyce at return of the Floozie". Irish Independent. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 

Coordinates: 53°20′52″N 6°17′25″W / 53.3477°N 6.2903°W / 53.3477; -6.2903