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Columbia University: Lenfest Center for the Arts

615 West 129th Street

New York, NY 10027

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A site-wide, large-scale light installation by acclaimed Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde


“Daan Roosegaarde is one of the most exciting artists of the 21st century––passionate about the environment, art, design, innovation, ideas and beauty. WATERLICHT combines them all. It has been a dream of mine to help bring this installation of undulating light and the conversations about water and climate that must surround it, to New York City and to Columbia University.”

—Carol Becker

"WATERLICHT is about showing the power and poetry of living with water, which is more relevant than ever in New York City. It is an honour to work with Columbia University to exhibit WATERLICHT, and connect with a new generation which plays a central role in changing the climate.”

—Daan Roosegaarde

Event Dates

Tuesday, October 22
Wednesday, October 23

  • Artist Talk with Daan Roosegaarde at 5 pm—REGISTER
  • WATERLICHT viewing beginning at 7:30 pm

Thursday, October 24

Registration is required
Viewing hours 7:30–11 pm each evening
Lines open for entry at 6:30 pm
Entry is first-come, first-served
Typical viewing experience is approximately 30 minutes

Event Location

Public Plaza at Columbia University Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 West 129th Street, New York, NY 10027

Additional Details

  • This event will take place RAIN or SHINE – please dress appropriately

  • Portable restrooms available

  • Please note that the following are not permitted in the Plaza: smoking, alcohol, bicycles, scooters, and skateboards

An image of Waterlicht


WATERLICHT, which translates to “Water Light,” is an immersive light installation and monumental public art event that illuminates the power and poetry of water while raising awareness about rising global sea levels. WATERLICHT is a centerpiece of Columbia University’s Year of Water, a year-long interdisciplinary exploration including art, lectures, symposia, and research, uniting the campus and its constituents to examine and celebrate the planet’s most precious resource.

Propelled by LED lights and lenses, WATERLICHT will come to life after sunset, at the public plaza of Columbia University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts from 7:30 pm-11 pm

Daan Roosegaarde will discuss WATERLICHT and other visionary projects with Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts, at a free event on October 23, at 5 pm. Register here.

About the Artist
About the Year of Water
About Columbia University School of the Arts
About the Lenfest Center for the Arts

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New York, NY 10027

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