Daan Roosegaarde is at it again with a new public art project that is bound to dazzles onlookers. The Dutch artist will create a layer of light and interaction for the 32-kilometer long dike, which is slated for renovation in The Netherlands . The project, called ICOON AFSLUITDIJK, is designed to enhance the connection between humans and nature, and take drivers on a journey from the past into the future.


The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment invited Roosegaarde to take part in the renovation of the century-old dike that protects the country against flooding. The project will be executed in three phases over a period of more than two years, and include both temporary and permanent elements revealed gradually to the users. The program will kick off its first chapter in the late summer of 2016 with festive activities.

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Roosegaarde’s project aims to reinforce the iconic status of the dike and celebrate the relationship between Dutch residents and their landscape. A special part of the project will be “Afsluitdijk Open”, for which the officials will close one causeway for cars and allow pedestrians to experience the dike bathed in the light of the rising sun.

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