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After an early morning stroll and while the sun was still quite low in the sky, I took this shot of one of three strange sculptural heads outside the famous O2 Arena in the Point Village area of Dublin. The quirkiness of the head and its colourful presence dictated that I not work on correcting perspective. I have been unable to discover who made the heads or why.

The O2 (formerly The Point Depot) started life as a large cast-iron warehouse. It was built in 1878 by the Great Southern and Western Railway Company as a riverside goods depot. Its location beside the point at which the East Wall and North Wall met provided the buildings name. By the 1980's the building was abandoned and facing collapse when it was bought by Harry Crosbie from CIÉ for €952,500. Shay Cleary Architects was recruited to turn the building into a multi-purpose concert, exhibition and conference centre. During the renovation U2 recorded part of their Rattle and Hum album in the building. The Point Depot operated between 1988 and 2007 as a venue for music concerts, boxing matches, exhibitions, operas, as well as theatre and circus performances. It hosted the Eurovision Song Contest on three separate occasions in the 1990's and the 1999 MTV European Music Awards.
In 2008 a newly refurbished and reconfigured ‘The Point Depot’ emerged as the O2 of today. It is at least twice as large as the earlier Point that grew out of the old Midland Great Western goods terminal, a protected structure now remade yet again. The new arena can take 9,500 people on padded seats with plastic backs, or up to 14,000 in a different configuration – with retractable seats pulled back to make room for 8,000 standing in front of the stage, and the rest comfortably seated. The 02 was Europe's first venue, of its size, which is custom designed for live music. It is an amphitheatre design and boasts unrivalled acoustics. The layout also ensures clear sightlines and proximity to the stage for everyone in the audience, due to its unique tiered seating design. The O2 has a capacity to hold up to 14,000 people who will enjoy some 150 entertainment and live music events in any given year.

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