CREAN AN ÓIR BY ÉAMONN O’DOHERTY
Central Plaza, which features the former Central Bank of Ireland on Dame Street and College Green, was redeveloped by Hines and Peterson. The central bank building was designed by architect Sam Stephenson in the 1970s.
I thought that the sculpture outside the Central Bank was the ‘Money Tree’ but I now know that officially it is called “Crann an Oir” which means “Tree of Gold”. Early in 2015 the Central Bank announced that it intended to spend €500,000 to move its iconic golden ball from outside its then current headquarters on Dame Street in Dublin to its new base on North Wall Quay.
The piece, by the late Eamonn O’Doherty, was chosen in 1991 after a competition.
Éamonn O’Doherty (1939 – 4 August 2011), born in Derry, Northern Ireland, was an Irish sculptor, painter, printmaker, photographer and lecturer. He was best known for his sculptures in public places. He died, aged 72, in Dublin.
Well known sculptures by Éamonn O’Doherty include the Quincentennial Sculpture on Eyre Square in Galway and the Anna Livia monument, in 2011 moved to the Croppy Acre Memorial Park, in Dublin.
O’Doherty also won awards for his paintings, amongst other on the Irish Exhibition of Living Art. An exhibition of his photographs from the collection of the Irish Traditional Music Archive toured around the United States.
I am still testing my new Sony FX30 and today I recorded some video footage. I used a Sony FE 20MM F1.8 lens and I think that it performed better than my much liked Zeiss Batis 25mm lens.