Famine Memorial, Dublin, Ireland

AUGUST 2003 – One of the statues of the Famine Memorial, created by Rowan Gillespie, stands on Customs House Quay next to the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) in Dublin, Ireland. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

Dublin has changed a lot over the past 30 years. Many companies from the financial services sector have opened offices in the Republic of Ireland, especially in Dublin. In the eastern section of city, the government had created the IFSC site, an urban regeneration area and special economic zone located on the grounds of the former state-owned port authority.

Next to the site, the “Famine Memorial” sculpture by Rowan Gillespie has been erected. It was unveiled in 1997 in memory of the Great Famine that had struck in Ireland from 1845 to 1849.

When we visited Dublin in 2003, our hotel was located near the IFSC, and we passed the sculpture quite often. Each time, I was deeply impressed by it, and one day I found the interesting angle above, showing one of the statues looking at the IFSC logo of the building in the back.

It is certainly a thought-provoking topic, and I think the image shows a bit of the controversy. I still like it.

The high resolution image

Capture DateAugust 2003
LocationDublin, Ireland
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image Source35 mm color negative
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4507 x 6780 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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