The contract for Luas Cross City heritage works has been awarded to KN Network Services. Various items of historical and cultural significance have been carefully removed by the Contractor to secure storage for a period of up to two years and will be returned during the final stages of the Luas works.
KNN have also received to storeage a range of street furniture and paving items removed by other contractors working on the Luas Cross City project. These will be cleaned and repaired as required before being reinstated.
The removals and reinstatement are being carried out to the best possible conservation standards and the disruption caused will be minimal.span>
The heritage works began with the successful removal to storage of the Lady Grattan Fountain at St. Stephen’s Green 2014. The fountain which dates from 1888 was in excellent condition and will be returned close to its original location in 2017. This was followed by the removal of the Steine Sculpture which was installed on College Street in 1988. The removals, while challenging, due to the heavy concrete foundation that was poured around the standing stone, were safely completed, and the Steine will be cleaned in readiness for its reinstatement in 2017.
The Steine Sculpture
Timeline of Heritage works:
|Lady Grattan Fountain, St. Stephen’s Green||2014||2017|
|Molly Malone Statue||2014||2014|
|Thomas Moore Statue||2014||2016|
|Steine Sculpture- College Street||2014||2016|
|Fr. Mathew Statue||2015||2016|
|Perimeter paving, bollards and lamp standards outside the railings of St. Stephen’s Green North||2015||2017|
|The People’s Island- South of O’Connell Bridge||2014||2016|
|Railings at the Rotunda Hospital||2014||2016|
Cast Iron Bollards
These finely executed cast iron bollards are some of the oldest pieces of street furniture surviving in O’Connell Street dating from the first half of the 19th century. Originally designed as bases for lamp standards they were adopted for use as vents for a substation at this location in the 20th Century.TII will complete a programme repair and replacement of some of the lost and damaged decorative cast iron scrolls on each of the bollards while in storage.
The temporary removal of Molly Malone took place 28th April 2014. After much needed repair, cleaning and conservationist work, she moved to her new home, outside the Dublin Tourism Information Centre, Suffolk Street.
In July 2014 Molly Malone returned to the streets of Dublin. The renowned statue has found a new, albeit, temporary home outside the Dublin Tourism Information office, Suffolk St. for the duration of the remaining Luas Cross City works.
In advance of the installation a team of specialists in conservation, historic stonework and bronze carried out inspections and repairs on the statue. “Molly” has been re-welded in spots, steam cleaned and a new coating of micro-crystalline wax applied to protect her from the elements.
The careful removal of Thomas Moore statue was successfully carried out in May. Extensive pre-work surveys including laser scanning and detailed examinations of the condition of the bronze and surrounding stone plinth were undertaken in advance. These examinations showed that the statue was in very good condition, particularly when taking into account its age (the statue was placed in College Green back in 1857). TII in conjunction with Dublin City Council will carry out some much needed bronze repair works in the form of repatination.( this involves a thorough steam clean of the bronze followed by the reapplication of a chemical patina, to match the finish that was originally applied in the 19th century. Reinstatement will take place close to its current location in two to three years’ time when the Luas works are nearing completion.
Other works which have been continuing since 2014 include the careful recording and lifting of historic granite paving and kerbs throughout the City Centre. These items are now in storage, where some cleaning and repair will be carried out before their reinstatement in 2016 and 2017.
The People’s Island is an art work by Rachel Joynt which was installed at the northen end of Westmoreland Street in 1988. The art works consisted of bronze footprints set in concrete to depict the everyday movement of peoples within the city cnetre. As part of the Luas works the Island is now being reimagined by Rachel and will be installed in a new configuration in 2016.
Fr. Mathew Statue
To facilitate the alignment within the central median of O’Connell Street Upper, the Fr. Mathew Statue was carefully removed by KNN,in June 2015.
The works commenced with the installation of hoarding and scaffolding followed by the removal of the marble statue of Fr. Mathew. The limestone plinth was carefully removed one stone at a time with each stone being carefully recorded and numbered to ensure the accurate reinstatement of the statue later on.The works took two to three weeks in total to complete.
The statue was delivered to a secure storage facility where close assessment of the condition was carried out following which any conservation works or repairs which are needed will be agreed and carried out. This examination showed that the statue was in excellent condition and will require only some minor conservation works before reinstatement.
TII are in discussions with Dublin City Council and the Capuchin Order with regard to agreeing an appropriate new location within Dublin City Centre for the reinstatement of the statue .