WATERLICHT is the dream landscape which explores the power and poetry of water. As a virtual flood, it visualizes how high the water could reach without human intervention and raises awareness around rising water levels caused by global warming. The artwork was originally created by Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde for the Dutch District Water Board Rijn & IJssel. New site specific series of Waterlicht were created for Nuit Blanche in Paris, Kings Cross in London, Museumplein in Amsterdam, UNESCO Schokland, the Afsluitdijk, Middelburg and more recently at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The 22nd of March 2018 – Daan Roosegaarde floods the United Nations Headquarters with Waterlicht New York as a call to action.
To mark World Water Day, the Netherlands present Waterlicht New York, a large-scale virtual flood by Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Waterlicht which translates to ‘water light’ is the dream landscape which shows the power and poetry of water. In line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the artwork raises awareness around rising water levels caused by global warming.
Innovation is engraved in the DNA of the Dutch and its landscape as seen by its innovative water program and creation of dikes.
However, it almost seems to have been forgotten. WATERLICHT is a powerful and poetic experience to remind us of the role and importance of innovation.
Originally the artwork was created for the Dutch District Water Board Rijn & IJssel. New site-specific series of WATERLICHT were created for the Museumplein in Amsterdam which attracted more than 60.000 visitors in 1 night, Lumiere London, United Nations in New York, Nuit Blanche Paris, UNESCO Schokland, and the Afsluitdijk in the Netherlands.