Commemorative Bridge for the INWMG Design Competition

Commemorative Bridge for the INWMG Design Competition

Dublin, IRL

Commemorative Bridge for the INWMG Design Competition

Dublin, IRL

This design for the RIAI’s Irish National War Memorial Garden Design Competition was a unique effort to bring to life Ireland’s cultural heritage.

 

The bridge takes the fluid form of the River Liffey, a representation of the life of the Irish people. The bridge’s form is a curved thread woven about a central axis, allowing the structure to form a ceremonial passage from the War Memorial Garden. Playing on themes present in the Gardens, this hints to the symbol of unity deeply rooted in Irish history. These interwoven arcs form a jubilant embrace and a point of completion along the bridge. Its simple, graceful and elemental form defines the design as a space of the present, akin to the most important landmarks of Dublin. To pay homage to fallen soldiers and bring their stories home, their names have been brought into the light, and inscribed along the patinaed edge of the Memorial Bridge. Harry Clarke’s illustrations perforate the patinaed deck and revealing the Liffey underfoot.