25. Mar 2015

Waterlicht in Weestervoort/NL

Art installation and photos: Studio Roosegaarde

Daan Roosegaarde’s temporary installation “Waterlicht” which could be seen in Weestervoort/NL from 26. February to 1. March, 2015, was referred to by many visitors as “the Northern Lights of the Netherlands”. But the project that was realised along a section of the River Ijssel was not only designed to be a visual delight: Waterlicht was indeed a breathtaking visual experience in blue light, but was actually designed to draw attention to the work, energy and costs incurred to protect the parts of the country below sea level from flooding. Walking along the dyke, the view of the sparkling lights was designed to remind the viewer of light reflected on water. Visitors could actually walk down into the flooded area as if they were submerging into an underwater world.

Motorised LED projectors generated the virtual flood across a site of over four acres: curved lines of blue light hovered dramatically over the dyke. The installation, which Daan Roosegaarde realised in collaboration with the Dutch water board for the Rhine and Ijssel, was intended to demonstrate how difficult it is to control the forces of nature.

There is no denying that the visual dimensions of the virtual flood were reminiscent of the northern lights that can be seen at certain times of the year at high latitudes. In this case, spectacular to the eye and food for thought on environmental factors.


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