Laughing Frequently, Photos of Built Stuff, Through Space Fun and Bronze 08 September 2018 07 September 2018 Artists, Community The Glaswegians give fun names to their bridges; Dubliners give nicknames to public sculpture. Herewith, Anna Livia, personifying the River Liffey which passes through Dublin. AKA the Floozie in the Jacuzzi. She has good core muscles, at any rate. Do or Do Not Samuel Beckett Bridge, Dublin 12 Comments Tom Watson 09 September 2018 at 11:09 am 6 months ago Isabel Am I right that there was no person Anna Livia…aside from the character in James Joyce’s “Finnegan’s Wake?” Tom Isabel Gibson 09 September 2018 at 11:55 am 6 months ago Tom – Yes, that’s my understanding. barbara carlson 09 September 2018 at 3:28 pm 6 months ago Not a restful thing to look at. Sorry. Isabel Gibson 10 September 2018 at 3:52 am 6 months ago Barbara – Oh, no – she makes my core muscles hurt, just looking at her. Laurna Tallman 09 September 2018 at 3:46 pm 6 months ago I will cast my vote with Barbara’s. Have I ever seen a more uncomfortable pose in a statue? Gargoyles aside. Stopping to analyze while I will feel uncomfortable going to bed tonight raises many questions about the purpose and effect of public art. Glad you raised — no, lowered, no raised — the question! Isabel Gibson 10 September 2018 at 3:59 am 6 months ago Laurna – Good point. Art is only (or even?) about being pretty or uplifting. It’s OK to provoke uncomfortable emotions and thoughts, also. That doesn’t mean we have to like it! I myself don’t like the setting for this piece because it’s in a scummy little park, despoiled by gull droppings and garbage, but I do get a kick out of the nicknaming. Tom Watson 09 September 2018 at 4:40 pm 6 months ago I think the statue is supposed to represent a young woman sitting on the slope of a river…so calls in us to imagine a wall of water behind her and supporting her. In that sense it may be more comfortable than it looks. At the very least, it’s unique. Tom Isabel Gibson 10 September 2018 at 4:01 am 6 months ago Tom – OK, I could buy that for a nickel. Imagine a support, everyone. Tom Watson 10 September 2018 at 2:35 pm 6 months ago Just worth a nickel? Even allowing for inflation… Tom Isabel Gibson 10 September 2018 at 4:25 pm 6 months ago Tom – Consider it an idiom. From my children’s youth, where everything on Sesame Street was a nickel. Tom Watson 11 September 2018 at 7:30 am 6 months ago Just kiddin’ with ya, Isabel. Tom Isabel Gibson 11 September 2018 at 1:29 pm 6 months ago Whew! 🙂 Comments are closed.