Waterlicht

A dream landscape about the power and poetry of water.

Waterlicht

Waterlicht

WATERLICHT is a dream landscape about the power and poetry of water. As a virtual flood, WATERLICHT shows how high the water level could reach. WATERLICHT is a collective experience to remind us of the importance of water innovation and the impact of climate change.

Winner of IESNYC Lumen Award New York 2020, Global Future Design Award 2019, LIT 2017 Lighting Designer of the Year USA and The Best Lighting Environment Design China.

WATERLICHT is a combination of LEDs and lenses which create an ever changing virtual flood, influenced by wind and rain. The WATERLICHT podcast shares stories about the impact and potential of water. Visitors can listen to the podcast at www.waterlichtradio.com.

Following the world tour, WATERLICHT returned to the Netherlands. The virtual flood portrays the vulnerability of the UNESCO World Heritage site Loevestein Castle, and draws attention to rising sea levels as a result of climate change. To support the mission of the United Nations' World Water Day the new movie WATERLICHT was launched. The sea could rise 2.5 metres by 2100.

“WATERLICHT is an activator to create a better future. Experience the vulnerability and the power of living with water.” - Daan Roosegaarde, artist

The previous WATERLICHT Germany at Future 21 highlighted the challenges of eternity. As a result of coal mining, the Ruhr region has sunk by up to 25 meters. Without the constant pumping of groundwater, large parts of the region would be flooded and a lake of up to 90 km in length would be created. Intensive research is being conducted not only into how the water can be extracted but how the heat of the water from underground can be used to generate energy.

WATERLICHT was created as site-specific artwork for Dutch District Water Board Rijn & IJssel, Loevestein Castle, Future 21 Oberhausen, Museumplein in Amsterdam with more than 60.000 visitors, Lumiere London, United Nations in New York, Nuit Blanche Paris, UNESCO Schokland, the Afsluitdijk, Kunsthal Rotterdam, the Bentway Toronto, Jameel Arts Centre Dubai, Columbia University New York, and Fremantle Biennale Australia.

 WATERLICHT is the dream landscape about the power and poetry of water.
WATERLICHT is the dream landscape about the power and poetry of water.
WATERLICHT is the dream landscape about the power and poetry of water.
WATERLICHT is the dream landscape about the power and poetry of water.
WATERLICHT is the dream landscape about the power and poetry of water.
WATERLICHT is the dream landscape about the power and poetry of water.
WATERLICHT is the dream landscape about the power and poetry of water.
WATERLICHT is the dream landscape about the power and poetry of water.
WATERLICHT is the dream landscape about the power and poetry of water.
WATERLICHT is the dream landscape about the power and poetry of water.
WATERLICHT is the dream landscape about the power and poetry of water.
WATERLICHT is the dream landscape about the power and poetry of water.
WATERLICHT is the dream landscape about the power and poetry of water.
WATERLICHT is the dream landscape about the power and poetry of water.
WATERLICHT is the dream landscape about the power and poetry of water.
WATERLICHT is the dream landscape about the power and poetry of water.
WATERLICHT is the dream landscape about the power and poetry of water.
WATERLICHT is the dream landscape about the power and poetry of water.
WATERLICHT is the dream landscape about the power and poetry of water.
WATERLICHT is the dream landscape about the power and poetry of water.
WATERLICHT is the dream landscape about the power and poetry of water.
WATERLICHT is the dream landscape about the power and poetry of water.

Specifications:

2016-2022. LEDs, software, lenses, humidity and site specific location design. Photography by Ossip van Duivenbode, Albert Dros, Daniel Verkijk, Pim Hendriksen, Roberto Conte, Daan Roosegaarde, and Mareen Meyer. WATERLICHT movie by Media.Monks, directed by Jan Kooyman.

Clients:

Loevestein Castle, Future 21, City of Oberhausen Germany, Dutch District Water Board Rijn & IJssel, ING, Artichoke UK, Dutch District Water Board Flevoland, Nuit Blanche Paris, Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, United Nations, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Jameel Arts Centre Dubai, Columbia University, Fremantle Biennale.

Awards:

Winner of IESNYC Lumen Award New York 2020, Global Future Design Award 2019, LIT 2017 Lighting Designer of the Year USA and The Best Lighting Environment Design China.

Waterlicht Loevestein
Waterlicht Loevestein