Pictured here is a sculpture called The Spirit of Love, situated just off the N71 on the way into Bantry, co Cork. It is positioned between the cemetery on the sea.
The sculpture is a memorial to all those who lost their lives in Bantry Bay.
Being a fishing town, there have been a number of deaths in the waters of the area, but the single biggest loss of life came in 1979 with the Whiddy Island disaster, also known as the Beltelguese. The Betelguese was an oil tanker and while at dock, it exploded. The explosion and resulting fire claimed the lives of 50 people, only 27 of whom were recovered. A Dutch national lost his life in addition to this in the salvage effort.
The wording of the plaque that accompanies this monument is below
In remembrance of thise who lost their lives in the waters of Bantry Bay.
Peace, kind reader,
Do not cry
Nor pass not, pass not quickly by
Surely we shall meet again
No more to part, no more to die.
Saviour of the mighty sea
Let us find repose in Thee
(Written by Donal Fitzgerald)
This sculpture expresses the compassion of the people of Bantry and Ireland for men, women and children of all races and creeds who lost their lives in this bay.
The two figures convey love, loss, anguish, forgiveness peace, reaching, letting go.
Paddy Campbell, 2006
thanks for looking!
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bukitgolfb301 (45377) 2016-06-17 16:29
Hi dear Noel
Greatly impressive image, so nice idea to set horizontal appraoch for this vertical object, very fresh and original inspiration by you.
All the best and have a good weekend! Takero
ikeharel (79161) 2016-06-17 23:08
An a skewed angle towards the sky, a very difficult POV, Noel - but managed a kind of artistic approach.
reading the note makes sense with the sculptor built it, I mean the lady-statue who looks as diving from the sky.
Fine used the technical's against cloudy sky.
Have a nice weekend,
jemaflor (103639) 2016-06-17 23:40
One of your favorite subject of photo, another good photo of statues, impressive effect, a good choice for this angle of view, perfect management for sharpnessand contrast, tfs.
emka (107755) 2016-06-17 23:46
hello dear Noel, Impressive monument for the memories of the people who lost their live here. You have found a fantastic POV, showing this desperate woman . again excellent picture with your favorite theme and style.
WArm regards MAlgo
jhm (160917) 2016-06-18 0:35
I remember the accident of the boat not, also not the died of the Dutchman during the salvage ship. Which year was this?
Your picture is very well photographed of the statue.
You took the picture perfect out of a excellent angle..
Composition and presentation are to look at.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Tue (43874) 2016-06-18 1:49
Great photo of this sculpture, it is seen very nicely against the combination of clouds and blue in the sky. You captured the texture of the sculpture very well too.
alvaraalto (20574) 2016-06-18 2:08
After your intriguing note I found more information at the internet. Although this was a major disaster I had totally forgotten it. Despite the Dutch diver that lost his life in the salvation effort.
You POV for this statue was ideal, I should say. The girl seems to fall back to earth from heaven.
Have a nice weekend. Groet Rob
delpeoples (59846) 2016-06-18 2:25
Ciao dear Noel
I get a bit dizzy when I see this and have tried to turn the laptop around to see which way I should be looking at it. Your POV is exceptional and really emphasises the impressive perspective of this sculpture. What a beautiful gesture by the people of Bantry, a lovely title for the sculpture and a heartfelt inscription to remember the dead.
Happy weekend, thanks for sharing
ourania (51103) 2016-06-18 6:41
this is an original sculpture that surely means a lot to the local people but touches deeply the city's visitors too. The way you are presenting it is very creative and fascinating, it leads the viewer to explore the scene thoroughly, the relationship between the two figures and the feelings meant to be expressed are enhanced by your intervention. The dynamism of the sculpture and the sky, as well as the dark colours and stark contrasts, make your presentation most effective. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
mesutilgim (97730) 2016-06-18 10:07
Hello dear Noel,
A perfect lecture fro perfect pov !
Such an artistic pov and compo.
TFS and have a nice weekend
dale54 (9092) 2016-06-18 11:02
hello noel..i like what you came up with here..very interesting work..love this POV,cloudy BG! tfs..dale
Meglodon (353) 2016-06-20 1:08
Interesting POV here,The angle works very well.
ChrisJ (118895) 2016-06-27 3:34
A superb upward pov on the 2 statues seemingly illustrating 2 lonely souls reaching out for each other, made all the more poignant from several disasters in the area. Good sharpness and graphism. Tfs!
gervaso (16817) 2016-06-28 4:36
Interesting sculpture, and the POV is very original to show that with the sky as background! Very nice colors and sharpness! Beautiful composition! Well done!
COSTANTINO (70202) 2016-06-28 13:19
Hello dear Noel Byrne and have a nice time
impressive sculpture called the Spirit
of Love great idea from you to present
fine used the technicals against the
grey sky excellent chosen point of view
mcmtanyel (29668) 2016-07-25 22:22
I like this unusual angle of your camera and the textures on the statue, well done!
halikarnas (8102) 2016-08-03 7:04
İnsanı çok etkileyen bir fotoğraf.
Mükemmel bir bakış açısı,çok usta bir iş.
fritzi007 (12518) 2016-11-18 14:29
Very good presentation of the sculpture "The Spirit of Love",
worldcitizen (9452) 2016-12-11 11:19
After reading the very thoughtful critique you left on an older photo of mine, I went looking for this shot that you mentioned. You are right, there is similar feeling of anguish in both sculptures. The girl on top, who is tragically slipping away, has a haunting look on her face. The metal also has a design similar to heavy impasto seen in paintings, and it adds another level to the work. It's nice that works such as these make people stop and think for a moment about those who were lost.
batalay (40521) 2017-03-19 14:31
Thank you for the link in your last post to this remarkable statue. The vantage point you chose and the results you obtained are excellent. It's a scary scene with various interpretations but captures the essence of the tragedy.