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Go See a Sea of Lasers Flooding an Amsterdam Museum

Studio Roosegaarde's 'Water Light' imagines a Netherlands without dikes.

by Leander Roet
May 12 2015, 4:30pm


Images courtesy of ING Netherlands and Studio Roosegaarde, viavia 

A version of this article originally appeared on The Creators Project Netherlands. 

Make your way to Amsterdam's Museum Square, and do it tonight: at 10 PM CEST, Studio Roosegaarde's Water Light goes on display for the second time, flooding the square with a sea of mysterious blue lasers. The light artwork, which debuted in February, is being unveiled once again by the Rijksmuseum to celebrate their recent acquisition of painter Jan Asselijn's 1651 oil on canvas work, The Breach of the St. Anthony’s Dike in Amsterdam (De doorbraak van de Sint-Anthonisdijk bij Amsterdam). The works are aligned in that they both engage with the legendary Dutch battle against water, as well as the country's vulnerability to rising sea levels. 

The original showing of Water Light was commissioned by Dutch water board, Rhine and IJssel, and attracted 20,000 visitors over the course of four days. "When you have reached the high-water channel it looks like you are in an underwater world," studio founder Daan Roosegaarde says of the work. "In addition to using the latest LED technology, we put this focus on the experience and perception with which we create the illusion of a virtual flood."

Now, you'll get a second chance—and tomorrow (so, Wednesday), a third—to experience the flood itself, and you'll have from 10 PM to 12:00 AM to do so. See you there.

For more information about Water Light, visit Studio Roosegaarde's website

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Gaze Up at an Aurora Borealis Made from Advanced LEDs

Roads Of The Future Are Here... And They Glow In The Dark

Daan Roosegaarde's Blooming Lotus Dome Lights Up Amsterdam 

'The Starry Night' is the Inspiration for This Glowing Bicycle Path

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