Ardfern artwork lights up to show rising sea levels

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The Ardfern shoreline lit up during COP26 with a laser projection artwork showing sea levels rises if climate change is left unchecked

The art installation, titled Sea Of Change 79, runs from 6-6.30pm, Monday to Thursday until the end of the UN climate change summit on Friday, November 12.

Lizzie Rose, the artist behind the Sea Of Change 79 artwork, explained: ‘I wanted to do something during COP26 to highlight the fact that sea levels are rising. I feel it’s important, not just for us as a coastal community, but to raise awareness of this happening all over the world.

‘Climate change does not see borders or countries, what we do here affects people, plants and animals everywhere.

‘The installation is in three parts. There are 21 posts for 2100 that should remain 30cm above current high tide. There is the Rising Sea Measure (there are two of them) – to me 2100 felt like another world away – a distant time that I did not connect with. Figures are often given for this time.

‘By connecting this time to how old my family are or will be (my children will be 79 in 2091) it feels more relevant. I hope people will think about what age their family and friends will be and make a connection to the future. It is 79 years until 2100.

‘The laser connects to all of this through words and images. It is run from a solar powered battery and the posts have solar lights on them.

‘I used two quotations from climate.gov as my reference points for the installation. These are reflected in the 21 Posts for 2100 and The Rising Sea Measure – both located on the shore.’

The two quotes are: ‘Even if the world follows a low greenhouse gas pathway, global sea levels will likely rise at least 12 inches (0.30m) above 2000 levels by 2100,’ and ‘If we follow a pathway with high emissions, a worst case scenario of as much as 8.2 feet (2.5m) above 2000 levels by 2100 cannot be ruled out.

‘This installation is temporary – climate change is not,’ she said. ‘Things you can do: reduce emissions, reuse and recycle, restore habitats.

‘Thanks to everyone who helped out, at very short notice, to make this happen.’ In particular Lizzie thanked Emma Davie, director of Black Black Oil, the artist and designer Hannah Tofts, Plastic Sea, and Matt Walsh for his sound and lighting production.