A close up of Famine (1997) created by sculptor Rowan Gillespie, located on Custom House Quay in Dublin's Docklands.Cesare D'Arco

During a summer trip to Ireland a James Joyce fan and photographer fell in love with Dublin and its statues. His photos of what he calls the capital’s “urban art” are beautiful and haunting.

Cesare D'Arco, a 24-year-old photographer, visited Dublin in August 2015. He told IrishCentral that during his trip he “was amazed by the statues scattered throughout the city. I found them to be a wonderful example of urban art.”

Female nude and Oscar Wilde statues in the Merrion Square park.

Female nude and Oscar Wilde statues in the Merrion Square park.

He continued, “Walking around the Dublin's streets, I chanced upon amazing sculptural installations. I was charmed by their artistic quality, suggestive charge and their ability to animate streets, parks and squares.”

James Joyce statue on North Earl Street.

James Joyce statue on North Earl Street.

One statue that stick out in his memory is Rowan Gillespie’s Famine Memorial, on the North Quays, near the IFSC. He told IrishCentral, “I will never forget the moment when I found myself face to face with a group of six bronze giants.”

Three busts on pillars by Carolyn Mulholland (Lurgan, Co Armagh, 1944).

Three busts on pillars by Carolyn Mulholland (Lurgan, Co Armagh, 1944).

D’Arco said, “I think Dublin's statues are an example of how urban art can enhance your surroundings and blend into the background, and everyday environment. Furthermore, as a tourist, I was motivated to discover the characters represented by the sculptures and know faces and stories about Irish history.”

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While D’Arco simple took these photos in Dublin for fun he told IrishCentral that eventually he would like to exhibit them in Italy.

The Linesman by Dony MacManus (1999), located on City Quay.

The Linesman by Dony MacManus (1999), located on City Quay.

“Of all the places I was lucky to visit, Ireland and Dublin left me something I'm not able to define yet. I love the Irish people's cordiality, their respect for traditions and their nation, the enchanting landscapes and the uncontaminated nature, the pub's euphoric atmosphere, the unforgettable aroma of the Guinness and the infectious Irish music,” D’Arco said.

“I really hope that I will soon return to the Emerald Isle and be reunited my old bronze friends.

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