This story was originally published in Architectural Lighting.
To protect itself from flooding, the Netherlands is guarded by a 32-kilometer-long (19.8-mile-long) dike called the Afsluitdijk. Completed in 1932, it is one of the country’s engineering feats. Now, the government, at both national and local levels, has united in “an ambitious programme to protect and safeguard” its future.
To celebrate the unique infrastructure, Rotterdam-based Studio Roosegaarde has designed a trio of interactive lighting installations. Titled Icoon Afsluitdijk, the series is comprised of Gates of Light, Windvogel, and Glowing Nature. Gates of Light (shown) is inspired by the reflective qualities of a butterfly’s wings. Each of the dike’s fully restored 60 floodgates has been treated with a reflective layer that illuminates when activated by a passing car’s headlamps. All three installations can be viewed Nov. 17 to Jan. 21, 2018, at sunset.
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