“It feels like I’m underwater.” Waterlicht is a public art light show created with LEDs, software, and specialized lenses designed to elicit the feeling of being underwater, with the goal of highlighting sea level rise from climate change.
The show was conceived by Daan Roosegaarde in Rotterdam, which sits mostly below sea level already. The city, and much of the Netherlands, has been dealing with water for a long time, and so often serves as a model for how other cities around the world, now grappling with sea level rise, might adapt. But much sea level rise is yet to come, and this show is a good reminder of how much we will lose to water.
Waterlicht means “water light”. Will the prospect of our waterlogged future inspire us to change our ways? Only time will tell. In the meantime, Waterlicht is traveling the globe, hoping to inspire action on climate change.