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.

The Fremantle Biennale is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body
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


This event runs continuously from 7pm-11pm. You are welcome to arrive at any time during the evening and experience the event at your own pace.

This is a family friendly event and can be experienced by all ages. Please be advised that there will be laser lighting and fog machines in use.


Transperth offers many easy options to get to and from Fremantle Train Station and Esplanade Park. Esplanade Park is a 10-minute walk from Fremantle Train Station. Visit the Transperth website to plan your journey.

If you plan to drive and park, information on parking within Fremantle is available on the City of Fremantle website.

Road Closures will be in place around Esplande Park along Marine Terrace (from Cliff St to Essex St).


This event is wheelchair accessible. Accessible toilets are available at the event. Please see map below which indicates drop-off parking and entry points.

The event will include paving and grass, sloped and uneven surfaces. ACROD parking bays are available at Mews Street Parking and 56 Marine Terrace Parking.

Please note this event has low lighting. Visitors who are vision impaired are encouraged to bring a torch or small light.

If you have any further questions regarding access, please contact