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By gingerdelight    
In the small village of Waterville County Kerry there stands a statue of the silver screen legend Charlie Chaplin. It's presence pays homage to a cinema superstar who made Waterville his regular holiday home in the 60's and 70's.
His family tradition became spring and summer trips to the Butler Arms Hotel in Waterville. The hotel became a major connection in these visits, and even today there is a lounge named in his honour.

Chaplin is one of the giants of cinema. Star of over 80 films and a founding member of United Artists, he built a studio and an empire on the strength of his infamous character The Tramp.

His time in Waterville involved long walks with his wife Oona O'Neill. Infamous fishing trips, horse back riding, sand yachting and a curious game called 'roll the red'.

In 1952, Chaplin left the US for what was intended as a brief trip home to the United Kingdom. However US Immigration revoked Chaplin's re-entry permit. It was at this point that made his home in Vevey, Switzerland.

In the 60's and 70's Chaplin grew to love Ireland. He would leave his home in Switzerland and travel to Waterville where he would retreat to fish the lakes around Church Island.

The most successful film star of his era found shelter and solace from the world on the edge of Europe, and the locals felt the need to honour his presence with a permanent statue on the sea front.

This is my tribute to him using two images I captured of the statue together with some "heavenly" magic!

Thanks for all your continued support and very kind comments - have a great weekend!


Tags: Statue Digitally manipulated Stars Bronze Chaplin

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Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
30 Mar 2012 9:32PM
A starry tribute to a star, Carol, and an excellent informative description.


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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
30 Mar 2012 9:34PM
A fine composite image, Carol, and as Dave says the starry ambience fits so well his achievements on the silver screen.
Very artistic and thoughtful work.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2012 9:42PM
Great composite.CGrinleverley and expertly done as usual.Kate
nikshot 9 9 1 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2012 10:32PM
I love this one Carol so well put together, the text is also excellent, great work as usual.

pdcche 7 4 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2012 10:56PM
Great write up and manipulation Carol.. Peter
9 10 10 England
30 Mar 2012 11:28PM
I am sure the man himself would be delighted with this Carol and your information is so interesting.
posty57 10 6 2 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2012 1:38AM

Quote:A starry tribute to a star, Carol, and an excellent informative description.


And an amazing composite image. Love it !
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
31 Mar 2012 1:55AM
Excellent work, a great image...........Sandy
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
31 Mar 2012 6:15AM
A fine presentation, Carol, and a great tribute to this legend. Carol
31 Mar 2012 8:36AM
Good work Carol.

CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2012 10:28AM
Well put together Carol and with excellent background info - Carole
moiral 8 12 Scotland
31 Mar 2012 12:32PM
Superb image here Carol. Moira
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
31 Mar 2012 1:31PM
A funny man Carol,
although I did prefer Buster Keaton myself !!
A good working.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
31 Mar 2012 2:48PM
A brilliant piece of work, and a fine tribute, Carol Smile Very interesting write-up, too Wink
Trev Smile
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
31 Mar 2012 3:04PM
So amazing how your transform the everyday into the magical. LOVE your write-up too. I had no idea he was a founding member of United Artists! Amazing.

31 Mar 2012 3:32PM
well worked splendid result

31 Mar 2012 4:52PM
Excellent working Carol. Lou
1 Apr 2012 3:06PM
Brilliantly manipulated.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
1 Apr 2012 8:57PM
Excellent work, well created
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
7 Apr 2012 4:09PM
A fine tribute to this famous comic actor

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