Tuesday 13 November 2018

Pictured: 'Urban curtain' to be displayed in capital for major climate summit

An artist's impression of the ‘urban curtain’
An artist's impression of the ‘urban curtain’
An artist's impression of the ‘urban curtain’
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

A ‘urban curtain’ will be wrapped around Dublin Castle’s Printworks building to capture carbon emissions from the city generated during a major climate summit.

The EIT Climate-KIC Climate Innovation Summit, which runs from November 6, will use an art installation named Photo.Synth.Etica to show the devastating impact of carbon emissions on the planet.

An ‘urban curtain’ created by London-based ecoLogicStudio is made up of 16 modules which will wrap around a large portion of the Printworks building at Dublin Castle, spanning its first and second floors.

Each module contains micro-algae cultures sourced from the Bantry Marine Research Station in Cork, and the modules absorb carbon from the atmosphere, resulting in a reaction which will see the algae change colour.

An artist's impression of the ‘urban curtain’
An artist's impression of the ‘urban curtain’

The carbon and pollutants from the air are captured and stored, and photosynthesized oxygen is released at the top of each module into the urban microclimate.

The project will highlight how much carbon is generated from among the world’s biggest economies.

The summit is organised by EIT Climate-KIC, which is Europe's largest public-private innovation partnership focused on innovation to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Partners include Sustainable Nation Ireland and the Department of Finance, and more than 500 attendees will focus on how the world’s financial industry is mobilising to make progress on climate change.

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