WATERLICHT tell the story of the flood of 1916 when Schokland was still an isle in the Zuyderzee.
WATERLICHT is a dream landscape about the power and poetry of water. As a virtual flood, it shows how high the water could reach without human intervention.
Innovation is a natural part of the DNA of the Dutch landscape through its dikes and creative thinking, yet we almost seem to have forgotten this. WATERLICHT is a powerful and poetic experience to remember.
WATERLICHT consists of wavy lines of light made with the latest LED technology, software and lenses. Originally created for the Dutch District Water Board Rijn & IJssel, the artwork has now travelled to the Museumplein in Amsterdam and now UNESCO Schokland. WATERLICHT will continue its journey to create more water awareness.
From: Studio Roosegaarde
Schokland is a former island in the Dutch Zuiderzee. Schokland lost its status as an island when the Noordoostpolder was reclaimed from the sea in 1942. The remains are still visible as a slightly elevated part in the polder and by the still partly intact retaining wall of the waterfront of 'Middelbuurt'. As a result from the increasing sea-level Schokland transformed from an attractive settlement area in the Middle Ages to a place under continuous threat by floods in the 19th century. By that time the Schoklanders had retreated to the three most elevated parts, Emmeloord, Molenbuurt, and Middelbuurt. A major flood in 1825 brought massive destruction, and in 1859 the government decided to end permanent settlement on Schokland. The former municipality of Schokland was joined to Kampen on the mainland.Today Schokland is a popular archeological site and host to the Schokland Museum, it was also the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in The Netherlands. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.