Glowing Nature

Glowing Nature

Icoon Afsluitdijk

ICOON AFSLUITDIJK is a design innovation program, commissioned by the Dutch Government, which enhances the innovative character of the legendary 32 kilometer Dutch dike whilst highlighting its key functions: water protection & heritage, energy and mobility as an exemplary model of a smart landscape for today and tomorrow.

Glowing Nature

GLOWING NATURE shows the beauty of nature on the Afsluitdijk by means of a unique encounter between man, biology and technology. It will be exclusively exhibited in one of the historical bunkers, providing an interactive and mysterious experience with live bioluminescent algae. Algae are the new building blocks for our future of food and fuel. Our algae are one of the oldest microorganisms in the world that light up for an extended period of time when perfectly maintained. Here visitors are able to magically interact with the algae that glow upon your steps as a concrete example of our future streetlights.

The Afsluitdijk is the 32 kilometer long dike which protects the Netherlands against water and flooding. Built mostly by hand and realized in 1932 it is an engineering highlight of the Netherlands and a unique place in the world. After 85 years, the Afsluitdijk is now in need of a thorough renovation. The Dutch state with the surrounding municipalities and provinces have joined forces to lead an ambitious programme to protect the future of the dike. As part of the programme, Roosegaarde's ICOON AFSLUITDIJK enhances the iconic status of the Afsluitdijk with a layer of light and interaction. The three designs developed by Daan Roosegaarde and his team of designers and engineers are entitled GATES OF LIGHT, WINDVOGEL and GLOWING NATURE, which form a model of a green landscape.


2017. Historical bunker with light emitting algae in custom polymer shell as a living colony.

GLOWING NATURE can be viewed from the 17th of November 2017 until the 21st of January 2018, from 18:00 until 23:00 at the Friesland bunker on the Afsluitdijk. After that it will travel to new exhibitions around the world.

Made in collaboration with Daan Roosegaarde and his Studio Roosegaarde, Ministry of Infrastructure and Waterstate, Rijkswaterstaat, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, De Nieuwe Afsluitdijk, Province of Friesland, Province of North Holland. Development Partners: KitePower, Wageningen University & Research (WUR), TTB, Biopop, Eurocarbon, Versalume.


Ministry of Infrastructure and Waterstate, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and De Nieuwe Afsluitdijk.

Selected Exhibitions



Press Release

Glowing Nature great success
Icoon Afsluitdijk has attracted thousands of visitors including Glowing Nature which is fully booked the coming days. Visit us next week or reserve your free ticket via 0620571124 between 19.00-22.00. Due to the many requests a delay in response can be possible. More information:
Experience Glowing Nature
Experience Glowing Nature
Growing new experiences
Growing new experiences
Experiments with algae at Studio Roosegaarde.