By Olivia Thomas
June 13, 2019

icoon afsluitdijk | netherlands floodgates | studio roosegaarde | video short

In 1932 Dirk Roosenburg had created and built by hand, the Afsluitdijk in the Netherlands.  This structure is to protect the Netherlands from the water, as it sits below sea level mostly.  As this barrier is exposed to the elements many of the concrete structures are rotting through.  Daan Roosegaarde has designed and created the Gates of Light, a permanent exhibition called Icoon Afsluitdijk with two temporary installations sitting upon a 32-kilometer dike.  

"...we fight with water..." -Daan Roosegaarde

Studio Roosegaarde has created many innovative designs and solutions to water, smog and more.  Now he has restored the flood defenses in the Netherlands, "..impregnating the floodgates with a new retroreflective material that glows in the headlights of oncoming cars." -India Block

"...what can we learn from nature?..." -Daan Roosegaarde

Watch the 24:43 minute documentary to learn about Studio Roosegaarde's floodgates innovation below:

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