Daan Roosegaarde floods Loevestein Castle with Waterlicht

Daan Roosegaarde floods Loevestein Castle with Waterlicht

Following the world tour, WATERLICHT returns to the Netherlands. WATERLICHT is the dream landscape that visualises the power and poetry of water by artist Daan Roosegaarde. 

The virtual flood portrays the vulnerability of the UNESCO World Heritage site Loevestein Castle, and draws attention to rising sea levels as a result of climate change. To support the mission of the United Nations' World Water Day the new movie WATERLICHT launches today. 

Netherlands and water 

The Netherlands is inextricably linked to water. Almost a third of the Netherlands lies below sea level, and the dikes and dunes are a large part of Dutch culture. Yet, living below sea level is sometimes taken for granted. WATERLICHT is a combination of LEDs and lenses that create an ever changing virtual flood influenced by wind and rain.

The artwork creates a collective experience to remind us of the importance of water innovation and the impact of climate change. The movie premiere of WATERLICHT can be seen today at https://studioroosegaarde.net/project/waterlicht on the World Water Day of the United Nations.

“WATERLICHT at Loevestein Castle is an activator to create a better future. Experience the vulnerability and the power of living with water.” - Daan Roosegaarde, artist

Hugo de Groot  

Loevestein Castle and its inhabitants have been battling with and against water for over seven centuries. Many people know Loevestein Castle by the spectaculair escape of Hugo de Groot in a book chest. Much less known, but of great importance, is the legacy he left behind. At Loevestein Castle he developed new ideas about peace, freedom and justice, which changed the world. From this legacy, Slot Loevestein is a logical place to think about what is needed to live harmoniously with each other and the world, in the future. Part of the exhibition Denkend aan water at Loevestein Castle is that the nearby river Maas should have the right to be clean and can flow freely. This is important for the present and future generations.


Discover more about the danger and the potential of water, and listen to the WATERLICHT podcast at www.waterlichtradio.com featuring stories by Daan Roosegaarde (artist), Kathleen Ferrier (Chairperson of the Netherlands Commission for Unesco), Jessica den Outer (specialist in the field of the rights of nature), Susan Lammers (Managing Director of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands) and Henk Ovink (Special Envoy for International Water Affairs). Henk Ovink states: “More than 2 billion people have no access to clean water, we need to appreciate it more. With WATERLICHT we celebrate water at Loevestein Castle, and show its beauty.”

WATERLICHT is the winner of IESNYC Lumen Award New York 2020, Global Future Design Award 2019, LIT 2017 Lighting Designer of the Year USA and The Best Lighting Environment Design China. The movie of WATERLICHT was made in collaboration with Media.Monks.

Visitors information: Loevestein 1, 5307 TG Poederoijen, the Netherlands. T: +31 183 44 71 71. Date: March 25th and 26th, 19:00 - 00:00 CET. All time slots are currently fully booked, check available free tickets at: https://www.slotloevestein.nl/agenda/waterlicht/. Tickets are limited due to the high interest of visitors, and out of respect for the surrounding nature.


25 maart 2022 / 26 maart 2022
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