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"Last night the city of Leiden was a remarkable experiment: SEEING STARS Leiden. In the wide vicinity of the Leiden Observatory, all the lights were turned off by thousands of citizens. Although it was cloudy, we suddenly saw Saturn and other stars in the historical streets of Leiden. It was so mysterious to walk with so many people in a dark city. I felt like an astronaut on Earth.” - Daan Roosegaarde
Seeing Stars Leiden
Seeing Stars Leiden
Official date for Seeing Stars Leiden
Official date for Seeing Stars Leiden
It’s official: The city of Leiden will switch off its city lights on September 25 between 22.00 till 23.30 to see the stars together. Lights off, stars on. All citizens of Leiden are encouraged to participate. SEEING STARS Leiden is accompanied with a cultural and citizen science program as part of the Leiden European City of Science 2022.
Light pollution
Light pollution
SEEING STARS Leiden is in one of the most light polluted areas in the world. More than 80% of the world’s population lives under light-polluted skies; a barrier preventing us from experiencing the beauty of the universe.
Urban Sun at the Solar Biennale
Urban Sun at the Solar Biennale
URBAN SUN cleans public spaces of the coronavirus with a safe far-UVC 222nm light to bring human well-being.

URBAN SUN will be exhibited as part of The Solar Biennale on 10 and 11 September at monument de Boeg next to Erasmusbrug in Rotterdam. During two evenings there will be a program of spoken word, dance and conversations about the power of light under URBAN SUN. Free entrance at 21.00-23.00. Full information.
Urban Sun
Urban Sun
SPARK London
SPARK London
Organic fireworks
Organic fireworks
SPARK London premiere
SPARK London premiere
This year’s Greenwich + Docklands International Festival opens with the spectacular UK premiere of SPARK London to create a reimagined and environmentally responsible public celebration, which updates the ritual of fireworks.

Welcome at the National Maritime Museum in London on 26 and 27 August 21.00-23.00, free entrance.
SMOG FREE TOWER
SMOG FREE TOWER
With SMOG FREE TOWER we create clean air parks in public spaces. The SMOG FREE TOWER uses a small amount of green energy to clean 30,000 m3 of air every hour. True beauty is clean air.
Organic fireworks SPARK live in Bilbao
Organic fireworks SPARK live in Bilbao
Our premiere of SPARK Bilbao is a poetic performance of thousands of biodegradable light sparks floating in the air. SPARK Bilbao is a new sustainable celebration to inspire wonder, as alternative for polluting fireworks, drones, or balloons.

Watch the new amazing movie or visit The Wellbeing Summit 1-3 June in the public Doña Casilda Iturrizar Park of Bilbao-Biscay, Spain, 22.30-00.00 free entrance.
SPARK
SPARK
Waterlicht Loevestein
Waterlicht Loevestein
Waterlicht Loevestein Castle
Waterlicht Loevestein Castle
WATERLICHT returned to the Netherlands at the special location of Loevestein Castle.

With thousands of visitors, WATERLICHT created a collective experience at this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site to remind us of the importance of water innovation and the impact of climate change.
Seeing Stars Leiden
Seeing Stars Leiden
The mayor of Leiden has confirmed the collaboration with Studio Roosegaarde to realise SEEING STARS as part of the Leiden European City of Science 2022.
WindZicht
WindZicht
WATERLICHT
WATERLICHT
SPARK Bilbao
SPARK Bilbao
SPARK
SPARK
Wonder and reflect
Wonder and reflect
SPARK Bilbao transforms traditional and polluting methods of celebrations such as balloons, confetti and drones into a new sustainable, community celebration. 1-3 June at The Wellbeing Summit in Bilbao-Biscay.
Inspired by fireflies
Inspired by fireflies
Last month of exhibition TOUCH
Last month of exhibition TOUCH
A single touch can change everything. TOUCH celebrates the power of human connection at museum Draiflessen Collection. The artwork’s electronic sensor field senses when two visitors join hands and transforms into a 4,300 m3 galaxy of stars. Visit it now till February 27 in Mettingen, Germany.
SEEING STARS world news
SEEING STARS world news
SEEING STARS switches off the city lights to bring back the stars to your own street, as you can see here in Franeker NL in collaboration with UNESCO. Thank you Beau RTL TV, El Pais, Fastcompany, Designboom, Elle, La Repubblica, De Volkskrant and millions of people in sharing the story of SEEING STARS.
Seeing Stars
Seeing Stars
Everybody should have the right to see the stars
Everybody should have the right to see the stars
SEEING STARS is our new collaboration with UNESCO and the city of Franeker to bring back the stars in your own street.
SEEING STARS enables everyone to experience the magic of starlight again
SEEING STARS enables everyone to experience the magic of starlight again
“I am so proud to switch off all the lights in our city, to see the stars and feel connected with each other.” - Marga Waanders, mayor of Franeker in SEEING STARS.
Urban Sun at Cooper Hewitt New York
Urban Sun at Cooper Hewitt New York
The exhibition "Design and Healing" at Cooper Hewitt in New York presents creative design responses to COVID-19, including our URBAN SUN. Open for public till 20 February, 2023.
TOUCH opens
TOUCH opens
TOUCH
TOUCH
TOUCH transforms museum Draiflessen Collection into an ephemeral dream world of light through the joining of hands.

What was until recently a completely everyday, self-evident act of human encounter is suddenly no longer so: the mutual touch, the embrace or the handshake. Roosegaarde addresses this moment and the significance of this human connection in his expansive installation developed especially for the Draiflessen Collection.

In the museum's 4,300 m3 exhibition space, Roosegaarde has created TOUCH, an interactive work of art that captivates visitors as they enter, creates a sense of wonder, and invites and inspires them to act without words. The fact that our perception and action are specifically directed towards this special act of connection unravels at the very moment of touch: this is the key to an imposing visual explosion that transports us and our counterpart into a new universe when the artwork’s electronic field senses when two visitors join hands and through this interaction, light is then coded into thousands of star lights.

28.11.2021 until 27.02.2022 in Mettingen, Germany.
Waterlicht
Waterlicht
WATERLICHT Germany opens
WATERLICHT Germany opens
WATERLICHT is a collective experience to raise awareness of climate change worldwide.
Get inspired, take action
Get inspired, take action
Upcoming: Waterlicht Germany premiere
Upcoming: Waterlicht Germany premiere
Our monumental light installation WATERLICHT is back and celebrates its German premiere in Oberhausen. As a virtual flood of light WATERLICHT will immerse the Peter Behrens Building in blue light and raise awareness of rising water levels worldwide. In doing so, WATERLICHT questions how we as societies can deal with rising water levels of different origins in a local and global context.

In Oberhausen, the artwork is set in relation to the challenges of eternity. As a result of coal mining, the Ruhr region has sunk by up to 25 meters. Without the constant pumping of groundwater, large parts of the region would be flooded and a lake landscape of up to 90km in length would be created. Intensive research is being conducted not only into how the water can be extracted but how the heat of the water from underground can be used to generate energy.

Welcome at Future 21 WATERLICHT 5 and 6 November 19:30 till 00:00 in Oberhausen, Germany.
Techno poetry opens in Italy
Techno poetry opens in Italy
LOTUS Maffei opens
LOTUS Maffei opens
LOTUS Maffei blooms in response to light and is now part of the permanent art collection of Palazzo Maffei in Verona, Italy amongst artworks by Lucio Fontana, Pablo Picasso and Gerrit Rietveld.

Curated by Gabriella Belli, LOTUS Maffei creates a dynamic dialogue in search of a new harmony between people and the environment.
Lotus Oculus
Lotus Oculus
Lotus Oculus opens in Milan
Lotus Oculus opens in Milan
LOTUS OCULUS at the Modern Art Gallery Milan is designed by Studio Roosegaarde and commissioned by Bulgari for the exhibition ‘Metamorphosis’.
Lotus premiere at Milan Design Week
Lotus premiere at Milan Design Week
LOTUS OCULUS premieres at Milan Design Week 2021, commissioned by Bulgari. Hundreds of light-sensitive flowers create a play of movement. Modern Art Gallery Milan, 5-10 September 2021.
Urban Sun in Denmark
Urban Sun in Denmark
Welcome to URBAN SUN Aarhus Festival, Northern Europe’s largest cultural event and opened by HRH The Queen of Denmark. URBAN SUN sanitizes this public space in Denmark of the coronavirus using a safe far-UVC 222 nanometers light.
Urban Sun goes on a world tour
Urban Sun goes on a world tour
After the successful launch in Rotterdam, URBAN SUN which sanitizes public spaces of the coronavirus will go on a world tour to Aarhus Festival in Denmark, Museum of Design Atlanta in the USA, and the Netherlands Pavilion at the World Expo 2020 Dubai. Press Release
Premiere of Liquid Landscape
Premiere of Liquid Landscape
LIQUID LANDSCAPE premieres at Arte Sella in Italy to create a playful dialogue between people and nature when stepping on this surreal landscape of grass.
Movie of Liquid Landscape
Movie of Liquid Landscape
Watch our modern fairytale movie now of LIQUID LANDSCAPE with dancers Ilaria Marcolin and Giacomo Citton of Dancing Museums, directed by Daan Roosegaarde.
Surreal landscape of grass creates a playful dialogue
Surreal landscape of grass creates a playful dialogue
The contemporary open air museum Arte Sella in Italy premieres LIQUID LANDSCAPE. Visitors experience an unexpected fluid movement when stepping on the artwork, revealing our symbiotic relationship with the environment.