Línte na Farraige (Lines of the Sea) connects the public visually and tangibly to the risks from future sea levels, through a series of light installations across Irish coastal locations and heritage sites. The light installations are designed by Finnish artists, Pekka Niittyvirta and Timo Aho.
Línte na Farraige is a recipient of the inaugural Creative Climate Action fund, an initiative from the Creative Ireland Programme, in collaboration with the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications that supports creative, cultural and artistic projects that build awareness around climate change and empower citizens to make meaningful behavioural transformations.
The art installation at the Martello Tower in Blackrock Park, consisting of a solar powered horizontal LED line of light, shows the future risks of rising seas and storm surges, in the year 2100 and under a high-risk scenario where ice loss from Antarctica is greater than expected. The installation is based on future predictions from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report AR6, and historic storm surge data in Dublin Bay. Find out more at www.lintenafarraige.com
The installation demonstrates the need to collectively reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and adapt together to protect our coastlines and communities, from the effects of climate change. This public installation will run at the Martello Tower for a number of months. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is also running an associated outdoor, public exhibition on the Línte na Farraige project at Moran Park, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire.
Speaking of the Línte na Farraige project, Councillor Mary Hanafin, An Cathaoirleach, said, “the Línte na Farraige project, is a unique, yet stark reminder, that our seas are silently rising, and will continue to do so, undetectable to the naked eye. The Government’s national Climate Action Plan 2023 speaks to ambition that will only work if we all come together in a strengthened ‘social contract’ for climate action, working towards real solutions that are meaningful, inclusive, fair and accessible. By working together, we can all help ‘lower the line’. I wish to thank the Artists, the National Monuments Service, the Creative Climate Action programme and the wider project team, for bringing this installation to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.”
Frank Curran, Chief Executive of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said, “I am delighted that the Council is a local authority partner in the Línte na Farraige project. Climate action is central to the broad range of services that we provide to our customers, including social housing upgrades, active travel, environmental awareness programmes and our numerous strategic plans and policies. I believe that as we all work towards our 2030 and 2050 climate action targets, local authorities can be at the heart of this ambition, given our close links with local communities, our role in emergency response planning and our ongoing partnership with various Government departments and agencies.”
The project artists Pekka Niittyvirta and Timo Aho said, “we believe that the topic we are talking about here, is one of the most important challenges we are facing. Art has the potential to convey scientific data, complex ideas and concepts, in a powerful way that words or graphs fall short of. Visualising something that is incomprehensible for a human, even with the factual studies and data available when talking about causality and climate change, is difficult. We seem to be unable to accept things we have not physically experienced.”
Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, said, “I welcome the timely unveiling of the Línte na Farraige installation in Blackrock Park. I hope that it will generate a much-needed dialogue about rising sea levels. While it should give us all pause for thought, it must be remembered that the future is still in our hands. By making key changes in our personal behaviour we can mitigate against climate change and sea level rise and build a more sustainable and resilient future for us all.”