'Constance Lloyd' -- Oscar Wilde Memorial Statue Merrion Square Dublin Ireland April 2018
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"The Oscar Wilde Memorial Sculpture is a collection of three statues in Merrion Square in Dublin, Ireland, commemorating Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). The sculptures were unveiled in 1997 and were designed and made by Danny Osborne.
English sculptor Osborne was commissioned by the Guinness Ireland Group to create a statue commemorating Wilde, which was unveiled in 1997, by Wilde's grandson Merlin Holland.
Since marble alone was deemed inadequate, the statue was formed from different coloured stones from three continents. The torso is of green nephrite jade from British Columbia, Canada, and pink thulite from Norway. The legs are of Norwegian Blue Pearl granite with the shoes being black Indian charnockite and finished with bronze shoelace tips.
The statue also wears a Trinity College tie made from glazed porcelain, and three rings – Wilde's wedding ring and two scarabs, one for good luck, the other for bad luck.
The statue is mounted with Wilde reclining on a large quartz boulder obtained by Osborne himself from Ireland's Wicklow Mountains.
The sculpture also includes two pillars flanking the boulder with one pillar having a nude pregnant representation of Wilde's wife Constance Lloyd (1859-1898) on top. The other one has a male torso representing Dionysus, the Greek God of drama and wine, atop it. Both flanking sculptures are in bronze and granite, and both pillars have inscriptions from Wilde's poems carved onto them.
When the statue was unveiled in 1997, it was the first statue commemorating Wilde, who had died 97 years earlier. It received near unanimous praise for the materials used and for its location near Wilde's childhood home at 1, Merrion Square."