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The Spire of Dublin or "Dublin Needle" is a very special metal tower in Dublin in Irish Republic . It is located in the centre of the city, in the middle of O´Connell Street. The distinctive, very slim, 12- meter - tall construction which really resembles a needle is considered the highest statue in the world. It is officially titled the Spire of Dublin or the Monument of Light but it has numerous nicknames, for example, the Spike, the Binge Syringe, the Stiletto in the Ghetto, the Nail in the Pale, the Pin in the Bin, the Erection in the Intersection or the Poker near Croker. It is fascinating. Although it has no purposes, no meaning, and it does not convey any significant idea, it was proposed by the Irish as one of the wonders of the modern world. As for technical parameters, the Spire of Dublin has a base diameter of three meters, but in the top 120 meters it has mere 15 centimeters! On windy days the top is deflected by one meter and a half - which, surprisingly for me, does not impress anybody. It's O.K., they say. The structure weights 126 tonnes and it was made of stainless steel. It really is a special structure - similarly to oldest sequoia trees in California, it is practically impossible to take a picture of the monument from the bottom. It is not a sculpture - not at all. The Spire of Dublin perfectly fits its surroundings and changes according to the weather and light. It shines and glitters when the sky is bright but it is grey when it rains - and at night you can hardly see where it ends.

History

The Spire of Dublin is situated in O´Connell Street, on the site where formerly stood a large statue of Admiral Nelson. The Nelson´s Pillar was destroyed by explosion in the IRA attack. The part that has survived (Nelson´s head) is on display in the Dublin Civic Museum, 58 South William Street. The author of the project of the Spire of Dublin is the Ian Ritchie Architects. The first part of the structure was installed on 18th December 2002. Another 20 meters were added on 21 January 2003. For today´s young generation, the distinctive Spire of Dublin is mainly a place where you can meet a friend and hit the streets - to go shopping or dancing, whatever. Once in Dublin, the Spire of Dublin is an ideal meeting point as you can identify it from far and near...from anywhere.


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GPS: 53.3498, -6.2603
Altitude: 12 m
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