Icoon Afsluitdijk

Daan Roosegaarde to Bring a Layer of Light and Interaction to Iconic 32 Kilometer Dutch Dike

July 2016
The Afsluitdijk is the 32 kilometer long dike which protects the Netherlands against water and flooding. Built mostly by hand in 1932 it is an engineering highlight of the Netherlands.
Now after almost 100 years the Afsluitdijk is in need of a thorough renovation. The Dutch state together with the surrounding municipalities and provinces have joined forces to lead an ambitious programme to protect and safeguard the future of the dike.
Part of this renovation is Daan Roosegaarde’s ICOON AFSLUITDIJK, which will create a subtle second layer of light and interaction enhancing Afsluitdijk's unique experience between man and landscape.
Roosegaarde will take us on a journey from the past into the future in three distinct phases lasting over a period of more than two years. The programme will kick off its first phase on 2, 3, and 4 September 2016 with festive activities reflecting the innovative and sustainable character of the Afsluitdijk.
The project aims to become an international showcase for the Netherlands as leader in Dutch Design, water engineering and sustainable solutions for tomorrow.

The Afsluitdijk / Photo by Studio Roosegaarde