The Oscar Wilde Statue is situated just inside the railings on Merrion Square. The statue faces across to Oscar Wilde’s birthplace – 1 Merrion Square which is now a museum to the great Dubliners life.
The statue was sculpted by Danny Osbourne and shows Oscar reclining on a granite rock from the Wicklow mountains. The torso is of green nephrite jade from British Columbia, Canada, and pink thulite from Norway. The legs are of Norwegian Blue Pearl granite with the shoes being black Indian charnockite and finished with bronze shoelace tips.
The visitor to the monument sees one side of Wilde when approaching and another when walking away. One is the witty Wilde who is most often remembered in popular culture, the other the “broken man” in the last years of his life. .
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