4/704 is a project initiated by Rosie O’Reilly as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival 2013.
4/704 explored man’s vulnerability in the face of rising sea levels by recording 4 of the 704 annual high tides. The installation consisted of 4 self-contained dying units on Sandymount strand, each with a garment inside. Through a buoyancy system, the mark of the tide’s undulation was transferred onto the clothes over 48 hours, creating a ‘textural time lapse’. Photographers Seam & Yvette collaborated to produce the images below. The images were shot from the sea to highlight our exposure as an island to any changes in sea level. The sea baths on the strand acted as a temporary gallery space, with paper prints pasted up which then disintegrated over the following weeks.