Netherlands – Dan Roosegaarde brought new light to Icoon Afsluitddjk, a 1932 newly-restored, legendary 32 km-long dike protecting the Netherlands from water. The Gates of Light permanent installation reflects the headlights of cars driving along the causeway. The project features also two other glowing installations on show until January 21.
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The Afsluitddjk is a national symbol embodying Dutch engineering innovation and the country’s eternal relationship with water. “We live with water, we fight with water and we endeavor a new harmony. Afsluitddjk is the Madonna of our waterworks.” Says Dan Roosegaarde to Archipanic.
The installations exhibit the power of Nature as a source of energy and light and envision a futuristic green landscape. “By adding a subtle layer of light and interaction, we enhanced the beauty of the dike and form new links between man and landscape, darkness and light”.
GATES OF LIGHT – Car headlights are reflected through prisms contouring the volumes of 60fully restored monumental floodgates which were originally designed by Rem Kolhaas’ grandfather Dirk Roosenburg. If nobody drives through the buildings stand in the dark without creating light pollution.
The inspiration to use retroflection came out of researches on the reflection of light on butterflies wings. The luminous lining on the monumental complex gives a dynamic entrance, as if motorists were driving through a sci-fi movie. “It’s a concrete example of futuristic and energy neutral landscape in line the the governmental goal to have all national roads energy neutral by 2030”.
WINDVOGEL – Poetry and science meet in this temporary installation on show until January 21. Smart kites with specially designed light lines dance and glow in the wind working as bike dynamos to generate up to 100kw which could provide energy for 200 households.
GLOWING NATURE – The temporary mysterious installation expresses the beauty of Nature merging biology and technology by harnessing light from bioluminescent algae. Located in the historic bunkers on the Afsluitddjk, visitors can caress “a glowing block for our circular economy, and learn new energy and light solutions for the future from Nature, like the public lighting”.
Entry for Afsluitddjk is free for everyone and on view after sunset. The visibility of Windvogel is dependent upon the weather – check at inconafsluitdik.nl.
Videos and photos by Dan Roosegaarde.