A Dublin-based company is hoping that online support from Irish communities worldwide can turn their idea into reality.
Sixsem is proposing the installation of two ‘digital walls’ at Dublin Airport – one stationed at the departure gate, the other at the arrivals hall. Emigrants, immigrants and general passers-by will be encouraged to upload their thoughts, messages and opinions to the ‘walls’ via a smart phone device or from kiosks located nearby.
The ‘walls’ will serve as electronic sketchpads, message boards, guestbooks and diaries for patrons and will provide a continuous snapshot of a generation at a critical time for the country.
Company director Eoin O’Callaghan says, “In an airport, everybody has a different story to tell. Given the increase in Irish people moving about the globe in recent years and engaging in life-changing experiences, Dublin Airport is the perfect place to record the thoughts of those either embarking on a journey or returning from one.
“These ‘digital walls’ will also serve to trumpet the country’s continued success as a tourist destination by seeking the opinions of everyday visitors. The beauty of the project is that the contributors are also the consumers, which turns the traditional art-form on its head. At Dublin Airport currently, there are examples of Ireland’s proud past. Our project will facilitate what the present generation has to say.”