Linte Na Farraige (Lines of the Sea)

Linte Na Farraige (Lines of the Sea)

Línte na Farraige engages the public visibly and tangibly with the risks associated with future sea level rise and storm surges, through a series of renewably powered light installations placed across Irish coastal locations and heritage sites in 2022 and 2023

Dublin | Started on 31/08/2021 – Concluded on 30/09/2023

Linte Na Farraige ‘ (Irish – translated to English means ‘lines of the sea’) was one of fifteen projects selected for the inaugural Creative Ireland, Climate Action programme funded by the Irish government in 2021.

It is a highly collaborative project involving artists, scientists from Trinity College Dublin and Maynooth University, the Climate Action Regional Office, local authorities and other partners such as website designers and sustainable energy and events partners. This ‘Art meets Science’ project was inspired by Finnish artists Pekka Niittyvirta and Timo Aho and aims to visualise the future sea level rise and storm surge heights informed by IPCC and Irish tide data, at 3 prominent coastal and heritage locations in Ireland using solar powered LED lines of light linked to the tidal cycle using innovative light and communication sensors. The need to adapt to and mitigate against climate change were key messages of the project as well as providing sustainable power to the project during a period of climate and energy crisis.

The project was supposed to be installed from September 2022 to May 2023 but it may now be extended permanently at one location (Galway) and extended at the other two locations due to its success. Multiple project communication channels were used including TV, Radio, Newsprint, project website, social media (#lowertheline), online articles, scientific articles, photography, video/drone footage, science cafes, public presentations, school workshops, artistic posters on board trains, museum displays and sustainable sand raking mural of the project logo on Balbriggan beach in Dublin that was filmed by drone and washed away by the incoming tide.

The project has demonstrated that just like dealing with climate change, communicating climate change requires collaboration and partnership of public and private stakeholders, innovation and dedication of the project team.

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