I DO NOT KNOW THE THE NAME OF THE ARTWORK BUT I DO KNOW THAT THE LIBRARY IS TO BE DENAMED
Note: According to a friend that was with me when I visited the Trinity Campus “dename” is not a Scrabble valid word.
I first photographed this sculpture near the Berkeley Library back in February 2018 and I could not find any information about it or the artist. It now 2023 and I still have no information but I do have some information relating to the library.
[26 April 2023] Trinity College Dublin to dename the Berkeley Library.
The name has been judged inconsistent with the University’s core values. Trinity is to dename the Berkeley Library while adopting a retain-and-explain approach to a stained-glass window commemorating George Berkeley.
Opened in 1967, Trinity’s largest library was named in 1978 after George Berkeley, the world-renowned philosopher, and former Librarian at Trinity. Berkeley published some of his most important philosophical works while at Trinity in the 1700s. He bought slaves – named Philip, Anthony, Edward, and Agnes Berkeley – to work on his Rhode Island estate in 1730-31 and sought to advance ideology in support of slavery.
When I was at school we had an American teacher/priest who was not a George Berkeley fan claiming that the man in question had constantly complained about the laziness of “our native Irish” and suggested that this laziness might be cured by a combination of eugenics and forced labour.
If you want to be confused then I suggest that you read about George Berkeley … there is plenty of information online.