A PHOTO CHALLENGE OF PLACES WE SIT…OR MIGHT SIT…OR ART ABOUT SITTING
This is for all you Father Ted fans!!
The wonderful Dermot Morgan, one of our most beloved alternative comedians, made a career out of satirizing Irish politics and rose to international fame playing Father Ted – a priest with quite a weakness for money and fame who is exiled to a remote island off the Irish coast!
The Joker’s Chair was erected in Merrion Square (ironically close to Government buildings and the targets of his satire!!) in 2002, four years after Morgan died suddenly, aged 46, in February 1998.
Morgan’s partner approached artist Catherine Greene to create a memorial that would capture his comical spirit. The brief was to produce a piece that was allegorical rather than a representative image.
Greene saw Morgan as a modern day seer who never feared to tell the truth – clever and blistering. She likened him to the Shakespearean Fool who was always close to the throne and dispensed unfiltered truths to the morally blind royal court.
She wanted the public to engage with the artwork so she created a bronze throne. The balls on top suggest the hat of a jester. The eye underneath the seat represents the knowing eye!
A nearby plaque reads: ….
and all the rest is laughter
laughter to be remembered.
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