Astro Angle - On Life and Light for Pivot Dublin -

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Astro Angle - On Life and Light for Pivot Dublin - was created by DeirdreKelleghan


I was invited to write a blog for Pivot Dublin by the curators Dublin City Libraries
As a Dublin born artist and amateur astronomer I was very pleased to have the opportunity to oblige
I included links to IFAS , Dunsink and other useful astronomy sites

Deirdre Kelleghan
Vice Chair IFAS

My blog is called On Light and Life ................. It starts like this

' The city on a sun drenched day. The Spire reflects and swirls the vibrant life of Dubliners mingled with mirrored clouds and the dominant blue light from our nearest star. Flower sellers petals are jollied by the brightness. Mica within the Liffey’s walls sparkle; ice cream melts down smiling faces. Celtic skin hovers in winters long lost vitamin, a gift from the sun, 93 million miles from the city. We enjoy our sophisticated fully functioning star, down here on one of the left over bits from its formation.'

Read more here if you like On Light and Life

About PIVOT Dublin
The themes

Dublin’s 2014 year will be structured around four themes: Connecting Cities, Making Cities Lighter, Making Cities Flow and Making Cities Smile. Work on each of these themes starts in 2011 with a ‘seed project’, which takes a specific angle on the theme, with continuing development up to 2014.

PIVOT Dublin
World Design Capital 2014

Dublin's bid for World Design Capital 2014 was focussed on the unique character of the city - it's design strengths and the unique circumstances which make this a city committed to innovation and with the tools to develop it. The world is at a pivot point. The systems and structures of the 20th century are crumbling away and we must adopt new approaches to how we live, work, engage with one another, and interact with the planet. Dublin finds itself at a confluence of these global forces, forced to pause, reflect and renew. Dubliners recognise the need for change, the need to reshape our city and its place in the world. We must look to our strengths as we try to navigate a sustainable path through these social, cultural, and economic changes.

One such strength is design. PIVOT Dublin is our response to Dublin’s unleashed potential to use design as the vehicle to turn things inside out; to become something else. Dublin's bid to become World Design Capital 2014 declared our intent to offer Dublin as a test-bed for design solutions to local, national and globalchallenges. A pivot creates a departure point, a fulcrum, an angle from which to proceed. It is a step in the process of lining up for the next move. It suggests success, urgency and decisiveness.

Through resourceful design innovation, we will look at things afresh, rethink the ground-rules and change them for the better. It is an opportunity to reinvent the city; to make the undervalued valued, the ordinary extraordinary.

Dublin, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, is design.
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