Universal Links on Human Rights, Dublin

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Universal Links on Human Rights is a memorial sculpture located in Dublin, Ireland, on the traffic island at the junction of Amiens St and Memorial Road, close to Busáras and The Customs House. It is a sphere of welded interlinked chains and bars, 260 cm in diameter, housing an eternal flame in its center, powered by natural gas from the Kinsale Head gas field. It was commissioned by Amnesty International in 1995 and designed by Tony O'Malley. It represents the jails holding prisoners of conscience.
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  • This work, which was commissioned by the Amnesty International (in 1995) by Tony O'Malley, represents the prisons of prisoners of conscience. Basically it is a sphere of chains and interlocking welded bars, with 260 cm in diameter, sheltering an eternal flame in the center, fueled by natural gas from the gas field of Kinsale Head. Visitors set padlocks to "mark" something or someone, symbolizing bond. There's not much to see around here. The downside, again, is the dirt on the spot. The sculpture houses many leaves and dirt.
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  • I wouldn't have known it was here. A beautiful and thought provoking sculpture. A good tip would be to read what people have written on the locks attached to this sculpture.  more »
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  • This sculpture is the Universal Links on Human Rights, a memorial to prisoners of conscience around the world. The sculpture was commissioned by Amnesty International and gifted to the city of Dublin. The sculpture consists of a series of interlinked chains and bars in the shaped of a sphere, forming an outer shell housing an eternal flame in its centre. Unlike a great many eternal flames at other monuments, this one burns for all those whom we failed to rescue from prison, those were tortured, those who were kidnapped, those who disappeared. Because they too are heroes.
  • Universal Links on Human Rights is a memorial sculpture located in Dublin, Ireland, on the traffic island at the junction of Amiens St and Memorial Road, close to Busáras and The Customs House. It is a sphere of welded interlinked chains and bars, 260 cm in diameter, housing an eternal flame in its center, powered by natural gas from the Kinsale Head gas field. It was commissioned by Amnesty International in 1995 and designed by Tony O'Malley. It represents the jails holding prisoners of conscience.
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