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Aspiring to New Heights in Dublin

-Look Up, Look Down Challenge, Week 45

Every Thursday, I publish a post containing photo(s) taken from above or below, and invite you to join in the challenge by posting your own photos with an up or down perspective.

The striking Spire of Dublin stands 120 metres tall and measures 3 metres in girth. It was unveiled in 2002 outside the General Post Office, which it dwarfs – it is seven times the height of the GPO!


Gazing directly up the structure makes for a dizzying experience, with the slender tip (just 15cm in diameter) seemingly curling slightly into space.


It is sometimes known as the Monument of Light.  I was lucky enough to see it on a gloriously sunny day, and I can see why it would get that moniker.


By day, the needle-like structure glints in the sunlight; by night, the tip is illuminated from a light within, shining a beacon across the Dublin night sky.

The lower 10 metres of the sculpture is partially polished in an abstract design, based on a core sample of earth and rock formation taken from the ground where the spire stands.  This slightly shinier surface catches magical reflections of the people and buildings here on O’Connell Street.


Just across the road James Joyce stands, seemingly contemplating this new addition to the Dublin skyline.




The Challenge

Click here to enter the challenge

Welcome to week 45 and a huge thank you as always to those who entered last week.  You can see all of the entries from previous weeks on my Pinterest board if you are seeking inspiration, or are just plain nosy.

All are welcome; please share your up or down perspective with us.  Simply create your own post as normal, create a link to this challenge and then click here to enter your link and to view other entries.  If you have any difficulties with the linky, please just leave your link in a comment below and I will upload your thumbnail.

Finally, please don’t forget to go and visit the other challengers and pass on your views and encouragement.

To find out more about how to enter, click here.  The linky list will open each Thursday at 00:01 GMT (or a bit before) and will be open for a week.

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  1. Dublin, where I was born. The Spire has some nicknames The Pin in the Bin. James Joyce and Molly Malone also have some interesting nicknames worth googling!


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