Friday, April 3, 2009

Road Sculptures, County Meath

4 comments:

Leisha Camden said...

Cool!! What are they supposed to be? They kind of look like giant beehives ...

Paz said...

It is near the exit for 'Bru na Boinne', ie Newgrange and the other burial sites in the Irish version of the valley of the Kings. All of the burial mounds passages allow the sun enter on certain days of the year, eg winter/summer solstice. To me this is a representation of them.

findabair said...

I took these to be Christian hermits' huts, but I much prefer your interpretation, Paz! And anyway, I don't think one interpretation excludes the other, and it creates a great sense of continuity between the pre-Christian and Christian, which is one of the things I love so much about your country :))

Paz said...

I thought so at the beginning the first time I saw them, they look so like the early Christians beehive huts, but the hermits lived in the South/West, this is just before the exit for Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth, each of these passage graves openings are facing different rising suns, like these sculptures, they generally try to keep a theme of the area, eg in Cooley they have a wire frame bull.