Studio Roosegaarde


Esplanade Park, Fremantle
Fri 1 Nov 2019, 7pm-11pm
Sat 2 Nov 2019, 7pm-12 midnight
Sun 3 Nov 2019, 7pm-11pm

An Australian premiere in Fremantle, Studio Roosegaarde will present a large-scale light installation illustrating the universal power and poetry of water. 'WATERLICHT' is larger-than-life; cascading waves of blue light will soar in the middle of Esplanade Park, simulating a virtual flood and calling attention to rising water levels along Fremantle's shoreline. The work will embrace the unique physical features of the site while acknowledging its past. A soundscape will accompany the work, including local stories about Fremantle's waterfront by traditional custodians, prominent civic figures, historians, artists and community members. These stories will live on as an enduring legacy of the work's appearance in Fremantle, and serve as a stirring call-to-action for a city-wide conversation around clean water initiatives and climate change.

Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde (b 1979) is a creative thinker and maker of social designs which explore the relation between people, technology and space, and is best known for creating landscapes of the future. He founded Studio Roosegaarde in 2007, where he works with his team of designers and engineers towards a better future. Roosegaarde is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and was featured by Forbes and Good 100 as a creative change maker. Internationally acclaimed works include 'Smog Free Project' (the largest outdoor air purifier which turns smog into jewellery), 'Smart Highway' (roads that charge throughout the day and glow at night) and the recent, 'Space Waste Lab' (visualising and upcycling waste). Roosegaarde's mantra 'Schoonheid' is a Dutch word which has two meanings: 'beauty' and 'clean', as in clean air, energy and water. For Roosegaarde this should be a fundamental condition in daily life. Studio Roosegaarde has vast experience in public space commissions for the cities of Rotterdam, Beijing, Paris, Eindhoven and Stockholm. Roosegaarde has exhibited at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Design Museum in London, Tate Modern, the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, Google Zeitgeist, and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

City of Fremantle
The University of Notre Dame Australia
The Minderoo Foundation
This is Fremantle
Water Corporation
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries