The main character in Jame Joyce's book Ulysses is Leopold Bloom. Bloom is one of the most internationally recognised and beloved characters in 20C literature.
We are proposing that a statue of James Joyce's fictional hero should be installed on the pedestrian Duke Street in Dublin, which the Bloom visits in Chapter 8 of Ulysses for a Gorgonzola and Burgundy lunch at Davy Byrne's pub.
Ireland's most internationally renowned sculptor John Behan features in a video we have made specially to
outline the proposal, offering a personal vision and a model for what a statue of Bloom could look like.
As a one-man incarnation of Dublin itself, Leopold Bloom views the world - and we with him - through a humane, tolerant and non-violent lens. In this cultural moment of heated debate about racist statues, he would be an antidote to such division and a perfect figure for the world to admire.