Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). Sculptor: Danny Osborne. Commissioned by Guinness Ireland Group. Unveiled by Merlin Holland. 28th October 1997.
This nicely quirky sculpture is in Merrion Square, in the corner of the park directly facing the house where Wilde lived. Poor old Oscar. His best-known plays give the impression of clever shallowness, full of witty one-liners and the like, and he is all too often rememberd in this light, which is a great shame. He was also capable of great profundity. The Picture of Dorian Gray, and The Ballad of Reading Gaol, especially, show his more serious side to great effect. That said, a recent huge hit here in the Abbey Theatre was a production of The Importance of Being Earnest, performed by an all-male cast. It was an absolute, and hilarious, triumph.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
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