The Famine Memorial along the quays in Dublin comprises a collection of bronze statues by Dubliner Rowan Gillespie.
The statues depict skeletal figures in rags walking towards the ships that will bring them overseas to escape the 19th century Famine.
The location of ‘Famine’ is a particularly appropriate as one of the first voyages of the famine period was on the Perseverance which sailed from Custom House Quay on St. Patrick’s Day 1846. Steerage fare was £3 and all crew and 210 passengers arrived safely in New York on May 18, 1846. Future ships to America became known as ‘coffin ships’ due to the disease and death suffered by those on board.
Sculpture Saturday is hosted by Ruined for Life