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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snunney (75062) 2013-12-10 6:10
A perfect day to capture this colourful statue that is slightly reminiscent of a Native American Indian totem pole. The brick and glass building in the background is quite attractive in its own right and makes a good backdrop. The image benefits from a good light, complemented by excellent colours and sharpness.
Subhogen (3138) 2013-12-10 7:00
An interesting shot arousing curiosity of the viewer to know more about this strange looking head. Some heads up on the head would have been nice.
Good low POV to make the head and the theater look bigger. Nice bright colors and good light.
Well seen and taken, thanks for sharing.
Nicou (109607) 2013-12-10 7:22
quel cadrage et compo sueprbe iamge et cpatage quelle façade et vue avec ce pieux et comme un oiseau coloré et le rendu sur la façade en plusieurs plans sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
holmertz (33461) 2013-12-10 7:25
Everything was here for you, but it is your choice of POV and the combination of building and head that makes this your own composition, not just a straightforward photo of what someone else created. The head is beautiful, from what I can judge from just this angle, and the building has been given a very interesting and attractive modern face during restoration. I find it a very happy marriage of old and new.
Romano46 (14452) 2013-12-10 10:08
l'impatto visivo è notevole e non solo per il particolare pyunto di ripresa, ma soprattutto per lo stesso soggetto e per i colori violenti che campeggiano nella foto.
Una composizione sicuramente ben riuscita e che colpisce sin dalla visione della miniatura. Un'altra delle tue belle foto scattate in Irlanda.
Ciao e buona serata
chawax (17282) 2013-12-10 10:55
I love this docklands quarter in Dublin, full of nice modern architecture and a lot of great pictures to take ! Good POV here and nice colours.
brianmcc (5961) 2013-12-10 10:57
i love your viewpoint and the resulting perspective. the colours are wonderfully bright and appealing. I remember going to an eric clapton concert here over twenty years ago. a great weekend.
jemaflor (76546) 2013-12-10 11:09
Good and original pov on this coloured statue, perfect sharpness on all the shot, statue and building, nice light capture.
dkmurphys (44044) 2013-12-10 11:54
Interesting outdoor sculpture, it sure gets the people's attention. The background is also great with the combination between modern and old. Well composed.
carlo62 (22265) 2013-12-10 15:23
il pov ha avuto l'effetto desiderato e la strana maschera colorata si staglia a meraviglia contro questo palazzo.
Molto particolare la prospettiva, le grandi finestre incorniciate di arancio, aiutano molto le linee oblique che salgono.
fabbs99 (13447) 2013-12-10 22:13
Interesting shot of the facade of the building.Great clarity and sharpness.Very well done.TFS.
jjcordier (69539) 2013-12-10 23:17
La sculpture colorée au premier plan attire le regard. Un cadrage en contre-plongée original.
krzychu30 (14342) 2013-12-11 1:19
at first sight the sculpture reminds me some of Joan Miró´s works.
I really enjoy your presentation and this upward perspective,which works really well with this subject.
Intriguing sculpture and interesting building behind-superb juxtaposition for an eye-catching shot!
Have a nice day
timecapturer (40192) 2013-12-11 2:09
original and interesting shot this. Lots of symmetry here that contrast so wonderfully with the head, plus a combination of colours that make this arty and compelling. I like it! Excellent composition and presentation.
lousat (67045) 2013-12-11 2:36
Hi Rosemary,very original pic and imposing perspective,a lot of color and details on this rebuilth area of Dublin,excellent choice of the moment with the best light for the best details everywhere,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Noel_Byrne (16143) 2013-12-11 2:40
Once again, you teach me a lesson in my own city, and I am very grateful for it too! I have shot this place before, and the very same big head, but I took a face on view and while it was an okay shot, it certainly never had the dynamism you captured here. Taking this angle puts the head in the more prominent position rising above the O2, and this brings the focus on to it nicely, added to the fact of course that your composition is perfect! Lovely vibrant colors and a great sky for this kind of shot.
I did try to find info on these heads before too, and could not find anything. Strangely, there is another set of these in Thomas Street near Church of St Augustine, and they seem to be by the same artist, they have the same vibe. I wonder if perhaps its some local community art group?
Thanks as always
williewhistler (10859) 2013-12-11 11:30
the totem pole does appear rather incongruous before the old warehouse which I guess is why it makes such a spectacular photograph.
Imaginatively composed and perfectly portrayed it`s full of charm and interest.
Kind regards Les.
dekanski (1525) 2013-12-11 14:33
Proof that SOMEONE (read Rosemary) can make a great image of a common motif!
delpeoples (50263) 2013-12-11 18:00
HI dear Rosemary
Interesting, I missed this guy. Is he near the Evil Teddies? God they creeped me out. Anyway, great upward looking POV, brilliant colours and fantastic tight framing. The building in the BG is just as attractive as the sculpture and I love the clouds which make the icing on the cake for this photo.
Top shot, well done
Fis2 (78748) 2013-12-12 1:45
Good idea, curious effect.
I like POV and colors.
aleXundar (1256) 2013-12-12 9:04
Selecting profile of the face is really interesting. The pov is so unique that it is easy to overlook that the colors are lovely too and the building is also captured with great clarity against a beautiful sky.
Thanks for sharing this stunning shot.
macjake (48279) 2013-12-12 23:15
yes, i was hoping to see more photos from Ireland!
there must be something about these photos from Ireland that make the photographer write such descriptive notes!
I think you know what and who i'm talking about :)
a wonderful color display going on here, even with the orange on the back wall, how often do you get to see that!
perfect clouds and sky to complete the photo, and the overall exposure is spot on!!
very unique subject, well done
abmdsudi (35250) 2013-12-13 20:37
A most interesting composition and shooting point, must have taken a lot of work for someone to design and set-up the quite mesmerising sculpture which is very subtle showing the fine detail in this brilliant sidelight and lovely background. Without doubt the stunning bright colour against the surrounding really lifts this shot to higher plain the strength of this shot. A lovely photo work and tx for sharing,