Wire man set to wade in to Liffey as 10-year planning permission granted
The erection in the river Liffey of a 46m (150ft) sculpture of a human figure – almost the same height as the Statue of Liberty – has been granted planning permission by An Bord Pleanála. The steel-lattice figure was designed by British sculptor Antony Gormley, most famous for his Angel of the North, another figure-based statue, in Gateshead, England. Permission for the Liffey sculpture, which is based on casts of the artist’s body, was sought by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority. The authority plans to erect the figure in the water at City Quay, 30m (100ft) to the east of Seán O’Casey Bridge and 12m (40ft) from the quay wall. At exactly 46.2m (151.57ft) above the water, based on the river’s mid-low spring tide level, the sculpture will be just 30cm (11.8 inches) shorter than the Statue of Liberty from her foot to the top of her torch, and eight metres taller than Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.