This year it will be 75 years ago that the international symbol of the Holocaust, concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz, was liberated. Artist Daan Roosegaarde was asked to create a special national work of art for this occasion.
The Jewish custom is to place stones to honour the deceased, not flowers. Artist Daan Roosegaarde and his team of designers have used this as an inspiration for LEVENSLICHT. By using invisible ultraviolet light, the specially developed stones with fluorescent pigments can light up every few seconds, like a breath of light. The artwork with 104,000 luminescent stones will be exhibited on 16 January in Rotterdam, and then travel to 170 municipalities with a Holocaust history in the Netherlands.
LEVENSLICHT (Light of Life) makes people aware of the consequences that the Holocaust has had in many Dutch municipalities. Daan Roosegaarde: “It is an honor to be asked for this project. LEVENSLICHT is not a traditional static monument in which people are purely observers; it asks social participation. Light is life, light is hope: LEVENSLICHT."
Gerdi Verbeet, chairman of the National Committee for 4 and 5 May: “This work of art, which can be seen in many Dutch municipalities affected by the Holocaust, makes the emptiness and lack of this large group tangible in those municipalities where compatriots were murdered during the war, purely and simply for who they were."
LEVENSLICHT provides a public place for contemplation about the Holocaust and the broader importance of freedom.