Model Citizen: Bank Of Ireland Mercury Head

£55.00

Designed by the Architect Joseph Vincent Downes, the Bank of Ireland building was constructed in 1929-30 and occupies a prominent corner site, closing the vista along Belfast’s Royal Avenue.

This piece focuses on the Art Deco styled stone carved head which sits above the principle entrance to the building. The carving is a depiction of Mercury, the mythical Roman god of financial gain, with his winged hat and double-helix snakes.

Model Citizen sees it’s sculptures as a “mechanism to emphasize the beauty and significance of our built heritage,” translating art deco, brutalist, and internationalist styles into tangible, tactile sculptural objects that can be held, felt and explored.

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Dimensions: 175mm high x 175 mm wide, 25 mm deep, Weight: 1.153kg.

This piece comes pre-drilled and ready to hang on a wall.

Can be collected from the RSUA to avoid shipping costs.

Made to order: approximate delivery time up to 3 weeks. The models are delivered in a strong, durable double walled cardboard box nestled in a bed of recycled brown shredded paper which ensures the product is well cushioned during its journey to you.

Established by Architect John Donnelly in 2016, Model Citizen specialises in producing finely detailed plaster cast architectural model sculptures and details which explore the diverse built environment of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Model Citizen was founded to promote public understanding and appreciation of the architecture and craftmanship present in Irish cities, manifesting as an ongoing series of intricate sculptures.

During his time studying Architecture at the Belfast School of Art, John explored the medium of using plaster and concrete to cast models during the design process and as finished models. Each model is made using a special non toxic gypsum/resin composite material which picks up a greater level of detail than standard gypsum, but is also very robust giving the models a reassuring feel of quality.

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