Surface Tension: The Future of Water

Launched on October 20th and running until January 20th, 2012, the exhibition entitled Surface Tension: The Future of Water is now on at the Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin. It’s free to enter and worth having a look at if you are hanging around waiting for a train at Pearse Station and have time to kill. It takes a look at different aspects of the science of water and also issues to do with water’s crucial role in the future in both the global North and South. It’s a well-constructed title too and there are some good exhibits on ‘water footprints’ such as of the clothes we wear and the household objects we use (Virtualwater) and a plan to allow visitors to drink Dublin canal water. There’s lots in there of relevance to geographers linked to the main themes which are on; drinking water, water pollution, mapping water, water futures and reflective water as well as more playful exhibitions and some thought-provoking art installations. There is an NUIM geography presence in the WATER WEAR (linked to work being carried out by Alistair Fraser and Mavuto Tembo on the Water is Life project running out of DKIT) and HOLY WELLS: HEALING WATERS (work by Ronan Foley, Suzanne Pegley and the Sláine Group) sections of the exhibition.

Other examples include an exhibit linked to the wave flow of a rogue NOAA buoy, lost in the Pacific but still emitting a signal which has been connected to a mobile model (Tele-Present Water) and a musical instrument called a Hydrocordion which makes music based on water pressure and is played by visitors standing on pumps. For more details and a preview of the exhibits go to

If you were asked to provide an exhibit what might that be?


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