Raheny, Ireland

St Anne's Park, Raheny - Dean O'Rourke

As St. Anne’s Park is the largest recreational park in the Northside of Dublin and is used by thousands of people yearly, we decided to enhance the landmark tree sculpture at the edge of the park on the Howth Road. This tree is approx. 100 years old and rather than letting it deteriorate following storms and the ravages of being beside the coast, DCC Parks commissioned an international tree sculptor, Tommy Graggs, to decorate it.

Following this, and with the interest shown in the tree by the many pedestrians entering/leaving the park and the many people passing by, DCC Parks decided to protect the base of the tree with a steel grid so that people could get a closer look in comfort to admire all the carvings. This was designed in a circular motion to match the design of the nearby low wall, and the curve of the tree.

Images © Gabriel Curtis