Eerily beautiful light installation visualizes impact of sea-level rise

The LED rope lights are connected to sensors that activate when
the tide changes

Climate change can be difficult to imagine if you’re fortunate
enough to not be directly affected by it. The truth is, though,
markers of our changing environments are all around—sometimes
they’re just not obvious.

Light stretching across grasslands
Photo: Pekka Niittyvirta

It’s hard to miss—or misinterpret—“Lines,” a new
installation from Finnish artists Pekka Niittyvirta and Timo Aho
that visualizes how rising sea levels will impact coastal towns.
The duo strung ropes of glowing LEDs around seaside houses and
across the landscape on the Scottish island of North Uist,
positioned to show where the sea level could rise to if Earth keeps
warming.

Illuminated rope wrapped around house
Photo: Pekka Niittyvirta

The lights are connected to sensors that activate when the tide
changes. When the sea level changes, the lights illuminate. It’s
an evocative and clear depiction of what can sometimes be an
abstract concept.

LIght strung across landscape
Photo: Pekka Niittyvirta

”Art has the potential to convey scientific data, complex
ideas and concepts, in a powerful way that words or graphs fall
short of. Hopefully, through this work, people can better visualize
and relate to [the] reality,” the artists
told Dezeen
.

“The work provokes a dialogue on how the rising sea-levels
will affect coastal areas, its inhabitants and land usage in the
future.”

Source: FS – All – Architecture 10
Eerily beautiful light installation visualizes impact of sea-level rise