Artist Name(s) Daniel Gustav Cramer, Aleana Egan & Eva Rothschild
Artwork title Vestibule
Context/Background Mapped out over 250 years ago in 1762, Merrion Square has been described as ‘the heart of Georgian Dublin’. Merrion Square has had a relationship with significant figures in literature and politics such as Oscar Wilde, W.B Yeats, Daniel O'Connell and Bram Stoker. There have been many exciting cultural events in the Square’s history as well, not least The Great Exhibition of 1853. ‘Vestibule’ was devised as part of the Merrion Square cultural programme, whereby the stakeholders and community came together to build awareness of the area’s rich history and heritage, and to stimulate civic pride. Merrion Square is a ‘democratic natural space’ within the city, which allows for the freedom of movement and play. It is an enclosed site that acts as a gallery but also as an ‘apolitical sphere’ open to possibilities.

‘Vestibule’, was initiated and devised by independent curator Aoife Tunney. It ran from 16th May to 20th September 2014 in Merrion Square, Dublin, and curated works responded to and considered the architecture and history of the iconic Georgian square. An outdoor installation of three pieces of contemporary sculpture was complemented by a programme of satellite exhibitions ( 17th - July 30th) which took place in cultural venues around the square, (see below) featuring artworks by Aleana Egan (IRL), Daniel Gustav Cramer(DE) and Eva Rothschild (IRL). 

Vestibule is an architectural term which typically refers to a small room or hallway between an entrance and the interior of the building or house. The vestibule acts as an ante-chamber between the exterior and the interior structure, a space in which to consider and reflect.


Aleana Egan ‘Understudy’ (2014)

Egan's artwork for Vestibule was a tall, galvanised, powder-coated steel structure (910 x 330 x 65 cm ) incorporating a park bench. Egan described the piece as drawing on elements of the surrounding environment, extending to Grand Canal Basin and the Docklands, and echoing the shape of the square, creating an open space within an open space. She has also produced a printed poster, which was available at the Irish Architectural Archive (17th- 30th July).


Daniel Gustav Cramer ‘Sphere’ (2014)

'Sphere' is an iron ball which was buried in the ground in Merrion Square park. In his satellite exhibition ‘The Return’ at the Goethe-Institut, a framed text described the sphere and indicated its position in the park.


Eva Rothschild ‘Someone and Someone’ (2008)

'Someone and Someone' is an aluminium archway (450 x 400 cm) adorned with brightly coloured stripes of enamel paint, creating an optical effect between the artwork and the landscape. The circular form of ‘Good Times (Hackney)’ (2014) further extended this dialogue, as a complimentary piece in her satellite exhibition at the ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art, The National Gallery (17th- 30th July).


Rosa Abbott ‘Park Life: Vestibule Exhibition Merrion Square’, Totally Dublin, 15th May 2014


Aidan Dunne ‘Conceptual Art: A Walk in the Park’, The Irish Times, 7th June 2014


Historical information relating to Merrion square can be found here:


Archival documentation can be found here:


Aleana Egan was born in Dublin in 1979, where she currently still lives and works. Her art practice is ‘predominantly intuitive and subjective; she uses simple materials, assembled or barely transformed, to create enigmatic works that have a restrained tone and structure’. Recent solo exhibitions include Douglas Hyde Gallery (2012), Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona (2010), Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin and Art Basel Statements (2009) and Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2008). Recent group exhibitions include The Drawing Room, London (2013), Sculpture Center, New York (2010), 5th Berlin Biennale, Berlin and Kunsthalle zu Kiel (2008).


Daniel Gustav Cramer was born in Neuss, Germany in 1975, and is currently living and working between Berlin and London. Since receiving his MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art in 2003, he has been selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries, The Hodge Photographic Award, the Jerwood Photography Award, and has shown his work in several other notable group exhibitions. Most recently, he had solo shows of this work at both the Domobaal Gallery (London) and the Goethe Institute (London).


Eva Rothschild

The Irish artist Eva Rothschild was born in Dublin 1971, and currently lives and works in London. She completed a B.A in Fine Art at the University of Ulster in 1993 and M.A in Fine Art at Goldsmith’s College in 1999. Rothschild has been described as ‘one of the most important protagonists of a generation of artists dealing with the expanded concept of sculpture’.

Details of her previous Irish and international exhibitions can be viewed here:,3,23,269


Commission Type Local Authority,Other state agency
Commissioner Name Dublin City Council
Commissioning process Artists curated by Aoife Tunney
Project commission dates May 15, 2014 - September 19, 2014
Public Presentation dates July 16, 2014 - July 29, 2014
Partners The Goethe-Institut, Ireland. Vestibule received Project Funding from the Arts Council of Ireland.
Artform Visual Arts
Funded By The Arts Council,Dublin City Council
Budget Range 10000 - 30000 euro
Project commission start date 15/05/2014
Project commission end date 19/09/2014
Location Outdoor exhibition of contemporary sculpture: Merrion Square (East Entrance) Satellite Exhibitions: * The Goethe-Institut * Irish Architectural Archive * The National Gallery of Ireland
County Dublin
Street Address Dublin 2
Content contributor(s) Web Editor
Public engagement

Music events, children’s workshops and walking tours formed part of the wider programme, and a publication was also produced.

Associated professionals / Specialists involved

Aoife Tunney – Artistic Director & Curator

Rhona Byrne, David Beattie and Kevin Kirwan – Contemporary art workshop facilitators

Donal Maguire - Administrator, ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art

Leah Benson - Archivist, Library and Research Services at National Gallery



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