A PHOTO CHALLENGE OF PLACES WE SIT…OR MIGHT SIT…OR ART ABOUT SITTING
In 1170, Richard de Clare, Earl of Striguil – better known as Strongbow – arrived in Ireland with an army of Anglo-Norman knights and mercenaries. He was here to help the ousted King of Leinster – Dermot McMurrough – regain his kingdom. In exchange, Strongbow was promised the hand of Dermot’s beautiful daughter Aoife and succession to the kingdom.
This 8ft cast bronze piece in Waterford City commemorates the wedding. A lot of attention was paid to their medieval dress and jewellery. Strongbow is holding the mace and chain in one hand – symbols of war – and a scroll in the other, symbolizing the agreement between himself and his new father-in-law!
The commissioning brief was for a piece that would encourage public interaction and provide photo opportunities so it’s perfectly acceptable to sit on their laps!
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