Ever wondered what you would get when you pair the age-old question of ‘the purpose of art’ and the contemporary issue of the Earth’s rising temperatures? To give you a hint, it’s a beautiful coupling.
Over the past month, Waterlicht, an exhibition by Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde, opened to the public at Columbia University. Using a combination of LED lights and lenses, Roosegaarde created a powerful narrative of the ever-changing water levels and the vulnerability that it comes with. The exhibitions, whether they be in Dubai, London or Rotterdam, guarantee the same presentation: an aesthetically pleasing but also alarming, blue light meant to mimic the world we will live in if we fail to intervene.
“Art is an activator to make people curious about our future world,” said Roosegaarde. “Waterlicht is an inspiration for the future: can we build floating cities? How much power can one generate from moving water?”
The use of the arts and digital media to combat the environmental crises has captured my attention, perhaps because art is a medium accessible to all, the same way that climate change is a disaster we shall all face.