When I was briefly in Dublin eight years ago, among the things I encountered during a rather whirlwind introduction was the Spire of Dublin, which is a spire... in Dublin, surprisingly enough. It fills the spot that was until 1966 occupied by Nelson's Pillar, and is rather blunt in its "being a piece of public art" qualities - well, sharp, actually. It tapers to a point nearly four hundred feet off the ground. Looking at it now, it almost puts me in the mind of a space elevator cable, vanishing into the sky... but that's ridiculous. It'd be completely inefficient to anchor a space elevator at Ireland's latitude.
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