The Dublin Spire, O'Connell Street

Ian Ritchie
Date Built
2002 - 2003
O'Connell Street
Ian Ritchie's design was selected as the winner of an international competition for a national monument, to be erected on O'Connell Street in Dublin.  It occupies the site of the former Nelson's Pillar that was destroyed by an Irish Republican bomb in 1966.  The original pillar resembled the one in Trafalgar Square in London and stood 40.8 metres high.  Ritchie's Spire rises an amazing 120 metres.  The architect's website says of the Spire that, " ... the tapering monument rises above O’Connell Street, breaking above the roof line with as slender and elegant a movement as is technically possible. Its structure and surfaces respond to the character and climate of the Irish landscape: the Spire sways gently in direct response to the wind and during daytime the monument softly reflects the light of Ireland’s sky. From dusk, the base is gently lit and the tip illuminated to provide a beacon in the night sky over Dublin. It has its roots in the ground and its light in the sky."