MARIAN STATUE AT BROADSTONE – THE QUEEN OF PEACE STATUE
I am currently experimenting with an Apple XR iPhone and today I imported into Lightroom a number HEIC image files including this image. I did notice that there was a degree of ‘blue cast’ which I adjusted for using the latest version of Luminar.
HEIC has been provided in the June 2018 releases of Lightroom CC 1.4, Lightroom Classic CC 7.4, and Camera Raw 10.4 running on macOS High Sierra v10.13 or later.
High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) is a file format for individual images and image sequences. It was developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) and is defined by MPEG-H Part 12 (ISO/IEC 23008-12). The MPEG group claims that twice as much information can be stored in a HEIF image as in a JPEG image of the same size, resulting in a better quality image.
HEIF image files are stored with filename extensions .heif or .heic.
According to a local source this is properly known as the ‘Queen Of Peace’ statue.
If you are visitor to Ireland you may be surprised to see so many statues of the Virgin Mary dotted around the country and there are at least 28 in Dublin. You will see them in housing estates; outside schools; near churches or holy wells.
The majority of them were installed in the Marian Year of 1954, when entire communities mobilised to erect a statue in their area. Many are now neglected and forgotten but there are still many that are still well maintained by the local community and this is especially true in working class areas. I am planning to photograph as many in Dublin as is possible before they disappear.
This one at Broadstone is a bit unusual in that it was erected in 1953 by railway and bus workers of CIE, a state transport company, on company property. I do not know who maintains the installation but it is in good condition. In any photographs that I have seen it appears to be painted white but in my photographs it appears to be unpainted concrete.
According to one of my contacts there is another one at Inchicore Railway Works buy I have not seen it.
Below is an official description of the Marian Statue [AC89] At Broadstone:
This statue is located outside the former Broadstone station terminal building (AC89) to the immediate west of an ashlar limestone wall which comprises the remains of Foster Aqueduct (AC86). It is located in an area surrounded by a low curved wall topped by a railing
and is facing east looking out over the Constitution Hill/ Western Way/Phibsborough Road junction. The statue was sculpted by A. Powers and Sons. The inscription on the base reads: “Erected by the employees of Córas Iompair Éireann to the honour and glory of our lady queen of peace, May 1953. Pray for us.”