Monday, March 2, 2009

Gateway to Inner Space

This rather Gothic gateway is a feature of Ballsbridge - or maybe it's in Donnybrook! Let's go for Donnybrook because it's just off the Morehampton Road. Really you can't miss it, because it has defied all attempts at fill-in development from which the area has suffered. I like the gateway very much and I gave messed around a bit with Photoshop - I spooked it up - because I liked the Citizen Kane look. In fact, it's far from gloomy, the little secret garden behind the gate called "The Grove". Formerly a walled garden, it was bequeathed by Kathleen Goodfellow and is run by An Taisce, the National Trust for Ireland. Now it is a bird sanctuary and could be considered an "enclosure" - in Celtic terms, a specific place which could be shut off. For psychoanalysts, that could represent the inner being - a place from where one draws one's strength. Followers of CG Jung would call it a sacred space. That is, an inner, intimate and personal space over which the individual has complete control. Only a select and chosen few may enter there.