Sfera con Sfera
The sphere exemplifies the long association the Library has enjoyed with the College Art Collections. Before the opening of the purpose-built Douglas Hyde Gallery in 1978, the space underneath the podium where the sphere now stands served for a decade as an art gallery. Today both the historic and contemporary library buildings feature paintings and sculptures drawn from the Art Collections' eclectic catalogue. Installed in the mid-1980s, the sculpture looks custom-designed for the space it inhabits; it perfectly complements the concrete angles and glass curves of its backdrop.
Variants can be seen across the globe – for instance, at the United Nations plaza in New York and the Cortile del Belvedere at the Vatican Museums in Rome.
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