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VIDEO: Austrian artist shines new light on forgotten Irish lookout posts

The structures were built for soldiers to keep watch over sea activity during the Second World War.

Image: Tim Schmelzer via Vimeo

AN AUSTRIAN ARTIST has brought some of Ireland’s World War II lookout posts back to life with a colourful light projection project.

To maintain Ireland’s neutrality the Defence Forces built 83 observation posts along the coast during World War II to monitor activity at sea.

The construction was one of the most widely spread engineering exercises undertaken by the Defence Forces during the war as it involved planning of the buildings at strategic locations around the country.

The posts were manned by soldiers who were stationed at the various locations 24 hours a day.

Though many of the structures are falling down today, 51 of them are still standing and artist Tim Schmelzer, used the buildings to project contemporary designs as well as some familiar Irish images like the fish from the old 10p coin and photographs of soldiers on duty at the lookouts.


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