The Spire as seen from Henry Street
|place||O'Connell Street , Dublin , Ireland|
|architect||Ian Ritchie Architects|
|Floor space||≈ 7 m²|
The 121.2 meter (398 foot) high stainless steel needle has stood in the center of O'Connell Street since 2003 and is illuminated at night. It stands on the site of of breakaway on 8 March 1966 the IRA blasted -members Nelson column ( Nelson's Pillar ) and had to turn of the century to be completed, but the completion delayed by three years.
Planned and designed the longest was sculpture in the world by architects Ian Ritchie Architects from the UK . The Arup engineering office was responsible for the static calculation . The steel needle weighs 126 tons and consists of eight parts that are held together by 204 screws and a total of two kilometers of welds. The Spire stands on a concrete foundation and has a diameter of three meters at its base and 15 centimeters at the top. In addition, a light is integrated in the tip that can be clearly perceived as far as Dublin Bay and the surrounding area. The fluctuation at the top is limited to 1.50 meters by dampers inside. Popularly the sculpture both the expression takes Spike and stiletto in the ghetto (Engl. " Stiletto heel in the ghetto" ) or Stiffy by the Liffey (Engl. " Stand on the Liffey" ). The Spire is also a popular hangout for youngsters in Dublin.
The cost of the structure was around four million euros . The Spire has been nominated for the following architecture and construction awards: RIBA National Award & Stirling Prize (2004), British Construction Industry International Award (2003), Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture (2005).
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- A similar but older monument is the Iglica in Wroclaw .
- Since 2007 there has been a similar memorial in Belfast instead of a church tower at St. Anne's Cathedral . The local Spire of Hope is supposed to remember the victims of 9/11 .
- Spire cleaners get prime view of city. In: Irish Independent Online. Retrieved March 8, 2009 .
- Spire beats Boru for title. (No longer available online.) In:  , quoted from the Evening Herald, 4/3/2003. Archived from the original on November 18, 2007 ; Retrieved March 8, 2009 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- Theodore William Moody, Francis X. Martin, Francis John Byrne: A New History of Ireland , page 536. ISBN 0-19-821742-0 online (English), accessed on March 7, 2011