FLAME OF HOPE BEHIND A DOOR AT LOWER BUCKINGHAM STREET IN DUBLIN
In 2000 when this was unveiled it was the world’s first memorial to victims of heroin addiction. The sculpture, entitled ‘Home’, was unveiled by President Mary McAleese.
The sculpture, which depicts a flame of hope behind a doorway, is at the junction of Buckingham Street and Sean McDermott Street near the Five Lamps, a site once notorious for open drug dealing. The memorial was designed in conjunction with relatives of those who have died from heroin.
Home (2000) is the work of Leo Higgins, chosen in competition with Brian Connolly, Annette Hennessy, Michael Quane, Jackie McKenna and Louise Walsh. Following a long period of collaboration with the community, the five artists exhibited maquettes in the Fire Station Artists’ Studios in July 1999. The winning piece, Home, was selected by the relatives and was erected at the junction of Lower Buckingham Street and Seán MacDermott Street.