Sean Lynch: Me Jewel & Darlin’
Me Jewel & Darlin’ is a public artwork on O’Connell Street, Dublin, which began in January 2011. Inside a display case positioned metres north of the Spire of Dublin, an exhibition programme showcases images and artefacts selected by artist Sean Lynch that each evoke various histories of Dublin.
The first presentation is a reproduction of The Last Hour of the Night, by Harry Clarke (1889 – 1931). This illustration, made in 1922, shows a strange benevolent spirit of the city towering over and touching a Georgian tenement house. Translucent strands of drapery cover this figure, morphing into flames that encase the Four Courts, the Custom House and the GPO. With the original ink drawing now lost, the reproduction and placement of Clarke’s symbolic work allows it to publicly allude to the decay and chaos of the city, offering a counterpoint to the propriety and monumentality of the 120-metre-high Spire located close by.