Vera Klute and John Coll Unveil Sculptures of Luke Kelly in Dublin

President Michael D. Higgins will officially unveil two sculptures honoring the late Luke Kelly on Wednesday, January 30, the 34th anniversary of Kelly’s death.

The sculptures by Vera Klute is more than 2m high, made of marble and metal. It is freestanding and mounted on a large concrete plinth along the Royal Canal in the north inner city docklands, near Kelly’s birthplace. The pose is based on a performance of Scorn not his Simplicity on the programme The McCann Man in 1974, and has Kelly with his eyes closed, immersed in the song with his head tilted downwards. It will be unveiled on Wednesday at 3.30pm.

John Coll’s life-size figurative piece in cast bronze is of a cross-legged Kelly, playing on his five-string banjo. The sculpture will be unveiled at 2pm on Wednesday at South King Street, a position favoured by the Kelly family, and an area associated with Kelly as a musician and Dublin figure.

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