Archive for the ‘West Belfast Peace Line’ Category

Peace Doors on The High Line, New York City

February 25, 2011

We have begun placing each of the Peace Doors along The High Line on Manhattan’s West Side in New York City, and will continue to do so as we complete them.

Whether the public is aware of it or not, they will be passing through the doors as they walk along The High Line.


Peace Doors: West Belfast

February 6, 2011

Peace Doors is a site-specific augmented reality public art project located at multiple locations across West Belfast. The project uses geolocation software to superimpose a series of virtual doorways at precise GPS coordinates along the Peace Line near major crossing points. The doorways are integrated into the physical location as if they existed in the physical location.


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People are encouraged to step through the door in a symbolic gesture, a portal between differences among people.

This version of the Peace Doors project addresses the ongoing conflict between the Catholic and Protestant communities. The Peace Line is constructed of walls, fences, industrial complexes and even a shopping mall, designed to separate the Protestant Shankill neighborhood from the Catholic Falls Road neighborhood. The first Peace Line barriers were built in 1969, following the outbreak of the 1969 Northern Ireland riots and “The Troubles“. They were built as temporary structures because they were indeed meant to be temporary, lasting only six months, but due to their effective nature they have become more permanent, wider and longer.