Repeal supporters add update to iconic Dublin statue ahead of the abortion referendum 3 years ago

Repeal supporters add update to iconic Dublin statue ahead of the abortion referendum

The statue near the Grand Canal in Dublin was given a new look on Thursday night.

Supporters of the Repeal movement added their own take to one of Dublin’s most iconic statues on Thursday ahead of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment later this month.

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On Thursday night, a projection appeared on the side of the Treasury Building’s Aspiration statue, adding a new meaning to the figure of a woman climbing the building, which is located in Grand Canal Dock in Dublin.

The statue, originally created in 1995 by artist Rowan Gillespie and intended to commemorate Ireland’s struggle for freedom, was updated with a projection that added a ball and chain to the climbing woman with a heavy metallic number 8.

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The projection, those behind it say, is intended as a stark reminder of the fight for reproductive rights for the women of Ireland, and the burden of the Eighth Amendment.

“The original intention of the sculpture was to represent the country’s struggle for freedom, and this remix continues that narrative with a shift toward the struggle of Irish women to gain reproductive freedom,” the projection artists noted.