Striking and simple: lines of light mark the inevitable sea level rise from climate change

Here’s a simple but extremely powerful piece of public art, showing the coming effects of runaway climate change - by drawing a beam of light across buildings, indicating the levels of a rising future sea (thanks for the alert to DesignBoom).

Read the blurb from one of the artists, Timo Aho:

This is an interactive site-specific light installation located at Taigh Chearsabhagh Arts Centre in North Uist, The Outer Hebrides, UK./ The project is a collaboration with Pekka Niittyvirta.

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 catastrophic impact of our relationship with nature and its long-term effects. The work provokes a dialogue on how the rising sea levels will affect coastal areas, its inhabitants and land usage in the future.

This is specifically relevant in the low lying island archipelago of Uist in the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland, and in particular to Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre in Lochmaddy where the installation is situated. The Centre cannot develop on its existing site due to predicted storm surge sea levels.

How can we make this into an activist tool? Contact the artists here and here.