Dublin Ships is a temporary public artwork commissioned by Dublin City Council as part of the Dublin City Public Art Programme.
The artwork is generated via a live electronic information system (an Automatic Identification System, or AIS) which tracks the locations of ships. The names of the most recently arrived and most recently departed ships from Dublin Port are output to two large LED screens sited at the Scherzer Bridges beside the Samuel Beckett Bridge.
The artwork is concerned with the meanings and poetic qualities of ship names. The ship names include allusions to maritime trade, cargoes, historical figures and distant places. The juxtaposition of the two ship names generates a form of poetic writing. The work also attempts to interrupt the speed of instantaneous data and returns it to the speed of movement of real entities in space.