The Broken Heart Memorial By Artist Maria Pizzuti [Steamboat Quay, Limerick, 1997]

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THE BROKEN HEART MEMORIAL


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The Broken Heart Memorial By Artist Maria Pizzuti [Steamboat Quay, Limerick, 1997]

Note: Sculpture was the product of a student competition run by Wallace Architects at Dublin Institute of Technology, 1996

Broken Heart is a memorial to the victims of the Great Famine in Ireland (1845-1849) and it is located on Steamboat Quay, in front of entrance to Jury’s Inn Limerick [now the Limerick City Hotel] . This work of public art was designed by Marie Pizzuti and was unveiled by Mayor K. O’Hanlon on 21st May 1997. Sadly it has been more or less neglected in recent years.

The sculpture is free-standing, meaning it is not attached to any other surface. It was designed as a water feature, spraying water from the tubes on the sculpture.

When I visited Limerick in June 2014 I commented about the condition of the installation and about the lack of water. In 2015 it was in a much better condition as the enclosure has been painted and all litter has been removed however it is obvious that water will no longer be a feature of the Broken Heart Memorial sculpture.