“Light is communication. Look at the stars: they bring information from the past, packed in light raging towards us at 300 km per second", says the man who has been fascinated by light since his childhood. "Since I started night diving, my fascination has only increased – I am truly mesmerized by nature, and by natural light. Light entails interaction.” No surprise light and interaction are somehow involved in most of Daan Roosegaarde’s projects.
“Everything with LEDs and cables would have died there in the sea”, Daan Roosegaarde explains. “So we chose to work with what was already there. For the GATES OF LIGHT entrance at both sides of the dyke we’ve applied retro-reflective prisms to the buildings, which light up by the headlamps of passing cars. Drive through GATES OF LIGHT after sunset and bring the floodgates to life through the headlamps of your car, as an alternative to polluting street lights!”
GLOWING NATURE shows the beauty of nature on the Afsluitdijk in one of its historical bunkers. Studio Roosegaarde works with live algae, one of the oldest microorganisms in the world. “I got the idea when I was night diving in Asia. If you go through the water at night, it lights up due to the presence of algae. This fascinated me, so in collaboration with biologists we started breeding these algae and covered the bunker on the dikewith a thin algae layer. If you walk on it, they light up. Thus we’ve created the world's largest luminous algae site!"
ICOON AFSLUITDIJK is on view 17 November – 21 January, after sunset, 53° 0′ NB, 5° 10′ OL
ABOUT DAAN ROOSEGAARDE:
Designer and innovator Daan Roosegaarde (1979) is known internationally for his social designs. With his team of designers and engineers at Studio Roosegaarde in Rotterdam, he creates designs aimed at improving the relationship between man and space. Roosegaarde has won various international design and art awards, and had exhibitions at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Tate Modern in London and in public spaces across the globe. Interaction, innovation and beauty are key in what he himself describes as “techno-poetry”.