Light Guard // Know Your Flood Risk
Submission to the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative Copenhagen design competition
Artist Team: Vincent Trarieux
Artist Location: Brive-la-Gaillarde, France
Energy Technologies: photovoltaic panels
Light Guard is a land art generator for both energy generation and flood-prevention risk. It is a dynamic structure that responds to the design site through climate prevention.
The installation consists of a series of 137 metal columns spaced one meter wide and measuring 35 meters in height. Each series of two columns support an autonomous system of alternating photovoltaic panels and a system of plates with bright colored LEDs.
Glowing from light blue to deep red, the LED panels serve the city as a warning mechanism for flood risk and prevention. Ranging from normal risk to heightened risk to evacuation due to imminent threat, Light Guard helps to keep the citizens of Copenhagen safe from rising sea levels.
The installation takes advantage of the area in front of the design site while preserving the site itself as a space for various events. A footbridge connects Refshaleøen to Light Guard, inviting visitors to pause and enjoy the lookout facing the sea.