The Bentway presents WATERLICHT, a monumental public art intervention designed by acclaimed Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde.
This large-scale light installation illustrates the universal power and poetry of water and will have its Canadian premiere in Toronto from Friday October 12 to Sunday October 14, 2018. Waterlicht is a dream landscape created through the imaginative use of LEDs, special software, and lenses. Larger-than-life, cascading waves of blue light will soar underneath the Gardiner Expressway, simulating a virtual flood and calling attention to rising water levels along Toronto’s shoreline.
With the support of Ryerson Urban Water Centre, Great Lakes Water Works, New College and Waterlution, The Bentway is recruiting Water Ambassadors who will be on-site and ready to answer questions, encourage conversation, or identify additional resources about the layered history of the Bentway site, its relationship to the waterways, the Lake’s ecology, and environmental threats facing the Lake now and in the future.
Originally WATERLICHT was created for the Dutch District Water Board. As a travelling exhibition, site-responsive versions have been staged in Amsterdam’s Museumplein, London’s Granary Square, and Paris’ Parc Clichy-Batignolle. The work will have its Canadian premiere at The Bentway and will embrace the unique physical features of the site while acknowledging its past as the original shoreline of Lake Ontario.
WHEN & WHERE
Friday October 12 – Sunday October 14, 2018.
Due the unique nature of the installation, WATERLICHT can only be viewed after sunset, 7pm-11pm,
Public space under the Gardiner, stretching from Strachan Avenue to Bathurst Street.
The Bentway 250 Fort York Blvd
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3K9 Canada