FIRST WORLD WAR SOLDIER IN SAINT STEPHEN’S GREEN DUBLIN – BY SLOVAKIAN ARTIST MARTIN GALBAVY
This six-metre high sculpture of a World War I soldier can be seen near the Fusiliers’ Arch entrance to St.Stephen’s Green in Dublin.
The sculpture, named ‘The Hauntings Soldier’, represents a soldier returned from war, battle weary and forlorn and it is on display to coincide with the centenary commemorations to mark the ending of the war.
It was created from pieces of scrap metal by Slovakian artist Martin Galbavy and constructed by Chris Hannam at Dorset Forge and Fabrication.
It will remain in St Stephen’s Green until 26 November and has attracted huge interest since it was installed.
Fusiliers’ Arch is a monument which forms part of the Grafton Street entrance to St Stephen’s Green park, in Dublin, Ireland. Erected in 1907, it was dedicated to the officers, non-commissioned officers and enlisted men of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers who fought and died in the Second Boer War (1899–1902). Funded by public subscription, the arch was designed by John Howard Pentland and built by Henry Laverty and Sons. Thomas Drew consulted on the design and construction. The proportions of the structure are said to be modelled on the Arch of Titus in Rome. It is approximately 8.5 m (28 ft) wide and 10 m (33 ft) high. The internal dimensions of the arch are 5.6 m high and approximately 3.7 m wide (18 by 12 ft).
The main structure of the arch is granite, with the inscriptions carried out in limestone and a bronze adornment on the front of the arch.