Dubliners 13 - The Importance of being Oscar

By mrswoolybill
Merrion Square is Dublin’s prime address, it’s where the great and the good lived. Wellington, WB Yeats, O’Connell. Somehow Oscar Wilde got in as well.
It took us two visits to find Dan Osbourne’s sculpture, due to the fact that we were reading the plan of the gardens upside down. I was expecting to be disappointed, I knew it was polychrome, which is not my usual sort of thing. But I loved it.
It is made up of different coloured marbles, highly polished. It manages to be both flamboyant and elegant. Way over the top, but all done in the best possible taste...
In the earlier shots it seems such a quiet, peaceful spot. In practice you have to wait your turn among the hordes of foreign tourists. The Italian girl in V4 was posing for her friend.
These are just a few tasters by the way - I have more to come.
Thanks for looking,

Tags: Photo journalism Truth General Sculpture Dublin Specialist and abstract Basingstoke Oscar wilde Merrion square Dan osbourne A handbag Carelessness

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photophantom 14 108 3 Philippines
27 May 2008 7:20AM
angle wise........nice find
fentiger 21 920 24 England
27 May 2008 7:38AM
The different angles on Oscar are well seen and very well done but it is the spontaneity of No. 4 that wins it for me.

Badgerfred 15 39 Wales
27 May 2008 8:19AM
Excellent images Moira, difficult to choose a favourite,
really like V1 and V3,
nickyv32 15 135 England
27 May 2008 8:25AM
4 very nice shots, my favourite being No 1, super angle, what a great facial expression he has. Lovely detail and colour.

27 May 2008 8:58AM
Love V4 Moira, that's the kind of advantage I take whenever I can Smile
Smashing set though.
All the best,

John Smile
riprap007 18 1.6k 37 England
27 May 2008 9:08AM
cleverly worked out, the statue looks so different from the chosen angles
DolphinLady 16 54 1 Wales
27 May 2008 9:25AM
I so love these shots Moira...absolutely fantastic.
I think the different angles you've taken them from are wonderful.
If it wasn't for the colour of his skin, you could pass these off as real...well, almost..
I like the lovely bright smile of the girl as well, really cheerful.
glyndwr 15 103 10 Wales
27 May 2008 9:28AM
Never seen polychrome before, very effective.
A very relaxed sculpture, really good.

imander 15 388 7 United Kingdom
27 May 2008 9:45AM
this is a superbly crafted sculpture, love his pose and clothing, i doubt i will ever get to see this in the flesh so thankyou for showing it so beautifully
imagio 16 12 1 England
27 May 2008 10:03AM
Excellent in depth studies of a great peice of art Moira.

dianah 16 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
27 May 2008 10:21AM
He looks so human Moira..these are just wonderful. I really like number 3 for the whole figure but the close up of his face is fascinating.
AlanC1 16 1 England
27 May 2008 10:39AM
No1 for me great low angle
Herge88 15 40 6 England
27 May 2008 11:22AM
Love the pov in version one, the way Oscar appears to be looking straight at you from a lofty position, great work.

Best Matt
danbrann 18 640 17
27 May 2008 11:29AM
Different angles for different people but I prefer no1 for its clarity and lack of intrusion.
jaktis 18 84 Sweden
27 May 2008 11:40AM
Lots off great statues there, great captures and #4 made me smile

Richsr 15 91 223 England
27 May 2008 12:24PM
Like the details and colours in these more - nice angles of view too.
Nice set of images.
Regards Richard.
Joline Plus
16 38 59 United States
27 May 2008 12:26PM
Good work documenting these. What a disdainful expression he has in v1Smile
pascalg Plus
15 37 1 France
27 May 2008 12:36PM
#1 is excellently spotted & rendered
#4 is a cracker !
#2 a man who offered flowers ! (to himself...)
#3 : the frame should by even more pink...
ericfaragh Plus
19 149 6 United Kingdom
27 May 2008 12:38PM
A fitting use of exotic materials, nice shot.
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2563 United Kingdom
27 May 2008 12:48PM
Thanks to everyone. I've tried to spend some time on the site this morning but I'm having a lot of problems due to numerous power cuts. Joline - Oscar really does look disdainful but if you could see the scrum that he's looking down at...!
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2563 United Kingdom
27 May 2008 1:00PM
I've done a pinker V3 for Pascal - see V5.
pascalg Plus
15 37 1 France
27 May 2008 1:11PM
pink enough for me... but what about him ?
27 May 2008 1:58PM
Flamboyant indeed. Great angles as always with your work Moira. And I am slowly learning a bit of culture. At first I thought it was that Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen git off the telly :-0
But then they wouldn't sculpt such a grandiose image of him would they? But then again I could see him commissioning one for himself (perhaps a bigger, more colourful one).
BTW I think he'd love your choice of border colour.

Anyway, I digress. I'll go now. Love the images BTW. Very good indeed Smile
Bob_V 15 1 2 United States
27 May 2008 2:31PM
Great work Moira love the angles, v1 for me.
chensuriashi Plus
16 336 18 England
27 May 2008 2:56PM
Great shots Moira cant wait to see the rest as you upload them.

Thanks chen.
MilanaG 16 Bulgaria
27 May 2008 3:45PM
...good set of shots...an interesting result...v1 for me Smile
GalleryGirl 15 4 2 United Kingdom
27 May 2008 4:33PM
Great looking sculpture. Like the relaxed pose of this chap.
Some good tags there (carelessness)? Intruiging.
Marilyn x
LuzDeNoche 14 2 France
27 May 2008 4:56PM
Pink Delight
Photographically Divine
Presented Daringly
Perfectly Disdainful.
Colourful camp compositions...
Outrageous Oscar observing meticulous Moira metering.
OK, I got the message Please Desist... awful alliterations - ASSEZ!
wyatturp 17 2 England
27 May 2008 5:12PM
Good to look at , hope the power cuts sort out

GrahamBaines 15 39 United Kingdom
27 May 2008 5:32PM
I like No 1, very haughty.

challicew 14 1 1 South Africa
27 May 2008 5:54PM
Adding a comment after reading all of the above is very difficult without repitition, but Moira I do like these so much, they are fabulous images!
taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
27 May 2008 6:41PM
A superb collection of images, all well doneand finished, like the inclusion of the gal--

mikbee 15 3 8 Scotland
27 May 2008 7:07PM
Ohhhhhhhh---I do like V4 !!!!!!!!! I do not consider myself a ''scholar'' by any means.I just think Oscar looks a right smug b ........ But no doubt he has a right to be so !!!! But then again,if I were to meet a girl extending the hand of friendship like she does,then I would look very smug indeed !!!! This image Moira is a right ''cat amongst the pidgeons.'' I like it a lot !!!
Rock 20 10 2 England
27 May 2008 7:31PM
Fine work and certainly one of your best!

mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2563 United Kingdom
27 May 2008 7:49PM
Thanks to everyone, including Lucy and her polite discourse...
whiteswan01 14 13 England
27 May 2008 7:53PM
superb set great tones and colour Dawn
taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
27 May 2008 8:20PM
Re dragons and damsels- You are way amusing!

ink_weaver 16 133 England
27 May 2008 8:45PM
Lovely image. Nice angle.

27 May 2008 9:17PM
What a great expression Moira! Italian girl is a surprise (and enjoyable) component!

John_Humphreys 17 69 2 Ireland
27 May 2008 10:12PM
Hi Moira, I must get around to viewing more of your Dublin pictures but this one really grabbed my eye. Great subject and really well taken pictures. I love the angle on No. 1. No. 3 is also really good. I think the border on No. 5 is a little over the top - even for Oscar! John
Rogerex 16 32 12 Australia
28 May 2008 3:18AM
I could say something about upside down maps and Irish people, but I suppose that would be politically incorrect...... LOL.
Cleverly sculpted, and nicely portrayed in your images. Apart from the shiny surfaces it appears to be almost lifelike.
Mavis 20 143 2 England
28 May 2008 9:10AM
These are a fine set of images Moira . I know that Oscar Wilde went to school at Pretora Royal School just up the road from me in Enniskillen . Don't know what he had to do with Dublin but I expect he went there Smile Smile xx
tigertimb 15 40 66 United Kingdom
28 May 2008 4:32PM
A great set of portraits Moira; love all the different POV's and they all have a fairly intimate feel. Smile to #4
TelStar 17 116 United Kingdom
28 May 2008 6:11PM
I keep coming back to this one, Moira. I love the angle of view you have and I'm also intrigued by Oscar's expression.

Hop-A-Long 15 52 1 England
28 May 2008 8:51PM
Excellent images Moira. I do like #3.
rmr 15 1 Wales
28 May 2008 9:15PM
super captures love the angle ofv1 moira
well done
SandraKay Plus
15 233 4 United Kingdom
29 May 2008 6:53PM
When I see a spade, I call it a spade.... and this one is a pretty good spade. V1 is my favourite.
Roly 15 Wales
29 May 2008 8:15PM
Nice set.I thought it was Jonathan Woss at first glance.
Glostopcat 16 255 2 England
1 Jun 2008 4:52PM
A fabulous set of images of Moira, I love the supercillious expression on Oscar Wilde's face in version 1. In v2 he does bear a strong resemblance to Jonathan Ross! Quel surprise that v4 is Mr Lifesnapper's favourite!
Milla 14 7 2 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2008 1:52PM
Oh, Moira, so good to see these, gotta visit Dublin one day too! I've tried once get into a big competition about O.Wilde's life and work, while my friends kept asking 'Oscar WHO?' Wink
Love the angle in v.3/5, and love everything about v.1, fab expression xD

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