More than €1 million worth of life-sized art will be on display with the opening of Dublin's newest attraction Gormleys Secret Sculpture Garden.

The new permanent home for Ireland’s largest sculpture collection is situated at the rear of Gormleys Fine Art in the heart of Dublin.

The garden will open its doors on Thursday 23 June with an indoor and outdoor sculpture exhibition showcasing the best of Irish and international artists.

Sixty works will be on display, the majority of which are life-size bronze sculptures from artists such as Patrick O'Reilly, Giacinto Bosco, Salvador Dali, Ian Pollock, Eamonn Ceannt, John Behan, Anthony Scott, Sandra Bell, Bob Quinn and Ana Duncan.

Gormleys has managed to renovate two gardens and the rear of their gallery to create an oasis of sculptures which is open to all.

James Gormley and Lana Vinnik from Gormleys Fine Art with works by Eamonn Ceannt, Patrick O'Reilly, Anthony Scott and Giacinto Bosco

The idea was inspired by their series of major Irish and international Art In The Garden sculpture exhibitions which have drawn record crowds to Russborough House and the Culloden Hotel in Belfast over the past few years to view large-scale work by artists such as Dali.

"We have always been passionate about sculpture and following the success of Art in the Garden, we know how much people love walking among sculptures in an outdoor setting," said gallery manager James Gormley.

"However, up to now, there hasn't been a permanent home of sufficient scale to showcase large outdoor sculptures in Dublin city," he said.

Eamonn Ceannt's Be At Peace (€24,000) is featured in the Gormleys Secret Garden

"We would love this to become a permanent stop on the Dublin tourism trail, a place where people can experience the best Irish and international artists in one place," he added.

Gormleys gallery now consists of three floors along with the sculpture garden, which is accessible through the gallery in South Frederick Street.

"Our upstairs contemporary gallery showcases works by renowned international artists such as Andy Warhol, Banksy and Damien Hirst, alongside leading Irish artists Peter Monaghan, Maser and Stephen Forbes; so visiting the gallery is now a complete experience," Mr Gormley said.

James Gormley with works by Patrick O'Reilly and Ian Pollock

The sculpture exhibition will also feature work from internationally renowned South Korean artist Seo Young Deok, who is best known for his hyper-realistic, life-size sculptures of human figures fashioned exclusively from hand welded chains taken from industrial machinery and bicycles.

Deok recently exhibited on the streets of London as part of the prestigious Mayfair Sculpture week.

Leading Irish artist Patrick O’Reilly was chosen to exhibit at the event in 2021 and his work also features prominently in this exhibition.

Works by Bob Quinn on display

Other key works in the exhibition include Ian Pollock’s incredible new series of crow and key sculptures, 'This must be the place’ and 'Open all the locks,’ which measure two metres in height.

"The inspiration behind this series is around the mystery of life and existence. Perhaps the key is being used to open or close, either way, within the two all of life happens," said Mr Pollock.