Monument to Oscar Wilde
Monument to Oscar Wilde
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  • retireeVancouver
    Vancouver, Canada1,829 contributions
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    Loved the statue and Wilde's quips on the plinths
    With a smirk on his face, wearing very casual clothing (a green morning jacket?) for a Victorian man in public, and lounging ontop of this rock in a corner of Merrion Park, this statue of a youthful Oscar Wilde has captured some of his unconventional attitudes and personality at a time in his life when things were still going well for him. It appears that Oscar Wilde is looking at his childhood home, his parents' white Georgian house across the road, which is visible because the shrubbery has been purposely kept low in that corner of the park for that view. Several well chosen quips from Oscar Wilde appear on black plinths in white handwriting in front of the statue. I enjoyed reading all of them and chuckled at quite a few like this one, "Whenever people agree with me, I feel I must be wrong. " or this one: "It seems to me we all look at nature too much and live with her too little." or this one: "A thing is not necessarily true because a man has died for it." The statue was created/erected in 1997, about 100 years after Wilde's death. There was no further mention of his works which are still popular today. One feels sorry for this man who would have felt more ät home" in Dublin/London/Paris in 1997 than he did during his unfortunate later adult life. We paused here for a photostop and then continued over to Kildare Street to visit the excellent National Museum of Archaeology.
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 1, 2023
  • longnex
    Los Angeles, California124 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Weird Statue
    Nice little photo op, especially if you're a fan of the writer. And apparently there are still a lot of fans, because the statue was a busy spot. Located in a nice park that we enjoyed lunch in when the food trucks
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 30, 2023
  • Christikins
    Dublin, Ireland12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique as the man himself. Situated near many other places worth visiting.
    Posting this after reading frustrating reviews saying the statue is painted, the colour needs touching up or that he deserved a bronze statue, like everyone else. He is sitting on a 35 ton quartz boulder from Wicklow. And “Anyone who has read the ‘Sphynx’ will know how much Oscar adored beautiful stones. So the sculpture is made from exotic materials, such as green nephrite jade from the Yukon for the jacket. White jade from Guatemala for the head and hands, and a rare pink stone called thulite from Norway for the collar and cuffs. The trousers are of blue pearl granite and the shoes and socks are black Indian granite. Shoelaces, buttons and the green carnation are bronze., and he wears a Trinity Old Boys tie, made in coloured glazed porcelain” This quote is from the sculptors website, so if you’d like to find out more about quick google (or your preferred IP) search for Danny Osbourne Oscar Wilde statue should do the trick. I think it’s very original and unique, like the man himself. Is it worth travelling across the city just to see this? Well, that depends on how much you like sculpture or Oscar a Wilde I guess, but it is in Merrion Square which is a lovely park to visit, across the road from the National Art Gallery and Government Buildings and 5 minutes from the National Library and Archeological Museum and 10 minutes from the side entrance to Trinity with the Long Room and book of Kells. Wilde himself lived directly opposite and would have looked upon this corner. Spranza Wilde lived there too. WB Yeats and Daniel O’Connell also lived in Merrion Square.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 10, 2023
  • Kmcoyle
    Sanbornville, New Hampshire1,263 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oscar Wilde: Enjoy the quotes!
    What a great tribute to Oscar Wilde! Just the right "feel"... Right in corner of Merrion Park, across from the National Art Gallery and the Oscar Wilde childhood home. The statue on the rock is fun. The quotes, even better. Very good for a quick stop while meandering through the park.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written June 6, 2024
  • OlVirginny
    Richmond, Virginia140 contributions
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    Keats and Yeats Are on My Side
    I love the man's courage and wit and his many, many aphorisms. So the statue was a must-see for me, with a volume of his poetry in hand (sorry Oscar but Keats and Yeats were on my side, on this sunny day). The statue has many visitors, so wait your turn. It's a fine monument to a fop who should have lived a lot longer. Note that there's a great deal of construction at one side of the park currently, near the monument. So be patient when you arrive.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 12, 2024
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neeratraveler
San Francisco, CA236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The Oscar Wilde statue is a must visit while in Dublin. It is located in Merrion Square Park and is one of the stops in th Big Bus tour.

The statue captures his personality. Oscar Wilde lounges in a relaxed position on a boulder. I love his expression. The statue stands out because it is different from most statues. His clothing ihas different colors due to a variety of materials used - this makes it even more interesting.
Written July 6, 2022
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OlVirginny
Richmond, VA140 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
I love the man's courage and wit and his many, many aphorisms. So the statue was a must-see for me, with a volume of his poetry in hand (sorry Oscar but Keats and Yeats were on my side, on this sunny day).

The statue has many visitors, so wait your turn. It's a fine monument to a fop who should have lived a lot longer. Note that there's a great deal of construction at one side of the park currently, near the monument. So be patient when you arrive.
Written June 12, 2024
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longnex
Los Angeles, CA124 contributions
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Aug 2023 • Family
Nice little photo op, especially if you're a fan of the writer. And apparently there are still a lot of fans, because the statue was a busy spot. Located in a nice park that we enjoyed lunch in when the food trucks
Written August 30, 2023
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Kmcoyle
Sanbornville, NH1,263 contributions
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May 2024 • Solo
What a great tribute to Oscar Wilde! Just the right "feel"... Right in corner of Merrion Park, across from the National Art Gallery and the Oscar Wilde childhood home. The statue on the rock is fun. The quotes, even better. Very good for a quick stop while meandering through the park.
Written June 6, 2024
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Steven T
Seattle, WA2,359 contributions
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Jul 2019 • Solo
I was standing outside the National Gallery checking my phone to try and see if there were any other attractions nearby. A very kind lady Dubliner approached me and asked me if I was lost. I replied that I had just visited the gallery and was looking for other attractions nearby. She kindly directed me across the street to the Oscar Wilde monument. What a wonderful monument for the great Irish poet and playwright! This was one of those magical moments that occur during travel that was absolutely spontaneous. Were it not for the very kind lady Dubliner, I would have clearly missed this great monument on my trip. Based on my experience, Dubliners are very protective of tourists and very proud of their city. The very kind lady Dubliner epitomizes this fact. She could tell at a glance I was a tourist looking a bit lost who had just exited the gallery and like most tourists, would probably leave the neighborhood without paying respects to the great Oscar Wilde. She went out of her way to ensure I would not miss the monument to the man Dubliners are so proud of. Thank you lady Dubliner!
Written July 14, 2019
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Pittsburgh, PA122,804 contributions
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Oct 2019 • Couples
I know it is just a statue of Oscar. But, this one is one of my top 10 favorites of any I have seen in my life. I don't know why. This Oscar Wilde statue has a special appeal to me. Check it out and see what you think.
Written October 5, 2019
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CIARB
John O'Groats, UK216 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
Its an unusual piece, but it is a little on the small side so it is a wee bit underwhelming to say the least.
Written January 21, 2017
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia20,935 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Located within the lovely gardens of Merrion park, is this lovely statue, that the sculptor has captured the essence of the man.
Written September 16, 2022
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AthanasiaGreece
Athens, Greece4,611 contributions
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Oct 2018 • Couples
A statue in colors, something unusual! Small size (life-size they say) with funny looking face (picturing both comedy and tragedy, well, he was serving both as a writer...).
Located at the northwest corner of Merrion Park.
Written November 14, 2018
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Nemesis🇬🇷
Athens, Greece6,346 contributions
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May 2017 • Friends
Is a beautiful monument, the way that is making has very interesting!!! Is a colorful monument and looks so real.
Written July 17, 2017
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