Dublin's most popular sculpture is the Oscar Wilde statue in Merrion Square, according to results of a survey released today.
The Ireland Thinks survey, carried out for Sculpture Dublin found that 20% of people questioned selected Oscar Wilde by Danny Osborne as their favourite, while 9% favoured 'Apple and Atoms' by Eilis O'Connell in Trinity College and 8% picked 'Magnus Modus' by Joseph Walsh in the National Gallery of Ireland.
The survey also found that 78% of those questioned would like to see more public art commissions across the capital - 42% saying they would like 'a lot more' investment, and 36% 'some more' - and 73% of people favoured public involvement in the selection process for public art.
The survey was carried out to mark the closure of Dublin City Council's 'Sculpture Dublin' programme which saw six new sculptures commissioned for locations across the city, including Dublin City Hall, Smithfield Square, Kildonan Park in Finglas and Bushy Park in Terenure.
Over an 18 month period, Sculpture Dublin ran 174 events including talks, lectures educational events and workshops about sculpture and public art, and over 4,000 people actively participated in these.