October 1, 2019

Daan Roosegaarde

Columbia University School of the Arts

Daan Roosegaarde, Waterlicht (Dubai). Courtesy of Studio Roosegaarde.

Columbia University School of the Arts presents WATERLICHT, a site-wide large-scale light installation by acclaimed Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde.

WATERLICHT, which translates to “Water Light,” is an immersive light installation and monumental public art event that illuminates the power and poetry of water while raising awareness about rising water levels. WATERLICHT is a centerpiece of Columbia University’s Year of Water, a year-long interdisciplinary exploration including art, lectures, symposia, and research, uniting the campus and its constituents to examine and celebrate the planet’s most precious resource.

Propelled by LED lights and lenses, WATERLICHT will come to life after sunset, at the public plaza of Columbia University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts from 7:30–11pm.

Typical viewing experience is approximately 30 minutes. Installation closes at 11pm each night. Free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Daan Roosegaarde will discuss WATERLICHT and other visionary projects with Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts, at a free event on October 23, at 5pm. More information about that event here.

“Daan Roosegaarde is one of the most exciting artists of the 21st century—passionate about the environment, art, design, innovation, ideas, and beauty. WATERLICHT combines them all. It has been a dream of mine to help bring this installation of undulating light and the conversations about water and climate that must surround it, to New York City and to Columbia University.”
—Carol Becker

"WATERLICHT is about showing the power and poetry of living with water, which is more relevant than ever in New York City. It is an honour to work with Columbia University to exhibit WATERLICHT, and connect with a new generation which plays a central role in changing the climate.”
—Daan Roosegaarde

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