Lines: Site-specific art installation in the Outer Hebrides provides visual reference of future sea level rise

Buildings and bridges in the remote town of Lochmaddy in the Outer Hebrides were recently adorned with searing white lines, lit up using sensors and LED lights, to show the impact of climate change and rising tides on the low-lying islands off the west coast of Scotland.

Lines (57° 59 ́N, 7° 16 ́W) was created by Finnish artists Pekka Niittyvirta and Timo Aho for Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre in Lochmaddy on the island of North Uist. By use of sensors, the installation interacts with the rising tidal changes; activating on high tide. The work provides a visual reference of future sea level rise.

The installation explores the the impact of the relationship between humans and nature, and provokes a dialogue on how the rising sea levels will affect coastal areas, its inhabitants and land usage in the future.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com

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