St. Stephen’s Green (Avery Cok)

21 Nov

When my mom visited me for reading week, she inquired on going to St. Stephen’s Green for its iconic name. But, there were many roadblocks in order for the both of us to go there. These barriers were mainly due to the amount of time it took to shop and the fact that it closes when it turns dark. So, as we got our first chance to go inside, my jaw sincerely dropped. It was the most beautiful thing ever. There was a tree that was in the middle of the seasonal change. Its leaves were golden and it was literally the most fluorescent orange I have ever seen on a leaf. Although it was cold, I have never been more at peace in my life before. The serenity of the water and the cuteness of the whole park was remarkable. The lusciousness of the grass and the beautiful swans, pigeons, and ducks were just eye candy to the historical sculptures that inhabit the the park. My mom even commented on how great the ducks looked with regards to the darkly contrasted green coating that covers their necks.

As I delved into the historic information in order to truly understand St Stephen’s Green more, I found out that it wasn’t always like that. in fact, it was a marshy area, used primarily for grazing. The park was additionally not completely open to the public until 1877. So, only a select few were able to take advantage of their situation and stroll through such a splendid park. Grafton Street’s entrance to the park is flanked by an extravagant arch named after the men who  enlisted for Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Most of the arch is composed of granite accentuated with bronze decoration at the most prominent point and scripted in limestone. I am very appreciative that it is a dedicatory piece and I think that showing one’s respect is one of the most respectable things a country can do for those lost in battle.  I though that the precarious rock, otherwise referred to as the O’Donovan Rossa Memorial, was so interesting. It was definitely my favorite piece and, at the time, I didn’t even know who it was dedicated to.

Moreover, the fountains were very cool. I felt nostalgic, when I saw it because they have water shooting straight out of the brown, fuzzy plants. I honestly can’t remember the name of the plant, but I used to see them frequently as I was a child and I am pretty sure that they grow in swamps. It was a great feeling and I was thrilled at the fact that I got the opportunity to see beauty, even though it is the Fall season. Furthermore, the park holds aesthetically beautiful nature-induced structures like a gazebo. The gazebo looks straight out into the duck pond and a cool breeze constantly hits people during the Fall season. But, it hits people in a great way. A way in which it would seem as if a great idea would come to the person’s mind as they stare off into the chilled environment. There was additionally a religious-like compilation of statues in which three women were essentially sitting on top of each other, or it looks to be that way at a distance. The aura that surrounds them revolves around them telling the viewer to come closer and pray with them. In sum, I had a wonderful time and I openly implore everyone to check out this marvelous place. Words don’t depict its beauty and serenity accurately. It is beauty seen in a place like this that keeps the world spinning. For all these reasons, Dublin is a city that I will surely miss. 

-Avery Cok

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