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Experience Sculpture in Context, The Best Garden Art in Ireland?

Discover Sculpture in Context art exhibits at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin Ireland. Explore the best garden art in Ireland on annual display

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Dublin is a fantastic city for art in situ. While the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin is a fun diversion for a sunny afternoon at any time of year, the annual Sculpture in Context art exhibit at the National Botanic Gardens is absolutely one of my favorite free things to do in Dublin.  

The National Botanic Gardens are on the Northside of Dublin and easily accessible on the #7 bus.  

When is Dublin's annual Sculpture in Context exhibit? This free event runs typically runs from early September to mid-October. We tried to go every year for over a decade when we were living in Ireland. 

Read on to discover what you can expect if you visit Dublin's Sculpture in Context...

Various works of sculpture were on display both inside and out.
Sculpture in Context at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin
We sought out the Sculpture in Context artwork starting with the charming Victorian greenhouses.
Victorian Greenhouses at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin
We spotted this quirky display of sea creatures crafted from discarded plastic.
Sculpture in Context exhibits at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin
Just outside the greenhouse, we found a sculpture with four arrows pointing in different directions and sayings on each side: "Wait for Me", "Let's Go This Way", "Hold My Hand", "Smell the Flowers". This Sculpture in Context simply made us smile.

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Sculpture in Context: whimsical street signs at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin
Giant sliced eyeballs lined the path in the gardens leading towards Glasnevin Cemetery.
Sculpture in Context at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin Ireland
Flowers in brilliant hues were a sight to behold in their own right.
Colorful Dahlias at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin
Red and white Dahlias at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin
We spotted an adorable squirrel carrying two giant nuts as he paused for a break in his toil.
Squirrel at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin
One of my favorite sculptures was this sailboat inspired creation on the pond in the National Botanic Gardens.
Animated Sculpture in Context at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin
It was quite breezy on the day we visited (as it often is in Dublin) and we found it quite calming to watch the flora rustle in the wind.
Animated GIF of plants blowing in the wind at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin
Animated GIF of plants blowing in the wind at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin
Animated GIF of plants blowing in the wind at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin
A small waterfall was also incredibly peaceful to watch.  We could have stayed all afternoon.
Small waterfall (animated GIF) at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin
To see more from our tour of the Dublin Botanic Gardens, check out the YouTube slide shows below.  The first covers many of the 'Sculptures in Context' while the second showcases the gorgeous greens and flowers on site.
I hope you enjoyed this tour of Dublin's Sculpture in Context as much as I have. Don't forget, Sharing is caring...
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