Describing Architecture

Lifeguard Station, Tramore, Co. WaterfordDiving Platform, Newtown Cove, Co. WaterfordCliff Baths (Derelict), Inishcrone, Co. SligoDA13-8224DA13-8191DA13_8177DA13-8115

The Fortified Coastline / Victoria J. Dean


Lambda prints mounted on Dibond: 55 x 55 cm, framed. Editions of 5.

The Fortified Coastline (2010-2012)

This series explores the built environment of the Irish coastline, surveying the architecture of recreational space that exists, often in discord with the purpose of the space and the unrestrained natural environment. A linear interface between nature and the encroachment of human development, the coastline reflects a space of contradictions.

By establishing a series of fortifications these recreational spaces reflect systems adopted by societies and authorities, the boundaries of which may be physical or psychological. Fluctuating between utilitarian and recreational, functional and ornate, these artificial structures and buildings of current and former use jar with the fluidity of the surrounding environment.

Nature is often portrayed as a threat as various coastal reinforcements are implemented to guide persons away from perceived risks. Multiple fortifications including urban furniture encourage us to observe the natural environment from the safety of the man-made, be it from behind a wall, or a bench, beyond which lies a configuration of warnings. The Fortified Coastline has been made possible through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Artists Career Enhancement Programme (ACES). 




1     Lifeguard Station, Tramore, Co. Waterford, 2012

2    Diving Platform, Newtown Cove, Co. Waterford, 2012

3    Cliff Baths (Derelict), Inishcrone, Co. Sligo, 2012

4    Exhibit

5-7 Exhibit in Context