“I would love to bring Windlicht to Denmark”

Will we see the famous green lasers of Windlicht beaming over the Danish countryside? That’s the goal for Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde.

“I would love to bring Windlicht to Denmark, which in my opinion is the real home of the contemporary windmill,” says Roosegaarde about his newest large-scale artwork. “I envision maybe 14 or 15 in a row that would look kind of like a ballet – a dance of light.”


Daan Roosegaarde: Designer, INDEX: Award past winner and current jury member.

Developed by Roosegaarde and his studio over the past two years, the Windlicht installation aims to “create a positive image around green energy”.

Using advanced tracking software the nature-driven installation connects five huge windmills with moving threads of green light, keeping with Roosegaarde’s iconic genre of light vs. landscape.

“I think everyone is talking about green energy but some people are still resistant,” the designer explained. “Back in 1700’s, that was the glory period for Dutch windmills – we were true pioneers.

“I want to revitalise this thinking.”

Since the launch of Windlicht earlier this month, thousands have flocked to the Eneco wind farm to witness the almost extraterrestrial-like exhibition.

“It’s great to see people fully embrace the beauty of green energy,” Roosegaarde said.

“Not everyone wants windmills in their backyard, but I think we can really change people’s perceptions when we add this kind of poetic dimension.”

Roosegaarde believes that Windlicht is a “great icon” for contemporary innovation. “Almost everything already exists, so it’s about connecting the dots – as we often discuss as INDEX [Design to Improve Life®],” he explained.

“Our role as designers is to create new and meaningful connections between industries and between dreams.”

The requests for Windlicht installations are now flooding in from all corners of the globe, says Roosegaarde. “We plan to have another local installation closer to Amsterdam, and then to hopefully head outside the Netherlands,” he said.

The project comes as the 13th major installation for Studio Roosegaarde, and it might not be too long before another creative venture surfaces. “I’m always looking ahead and focussing on new ideas, while my team constantly works on developing our current projects,” Roosegaarde explained.

In addition to Windlicht, a project inspired by Smart Highway (INDEX: Award 2013 Winner) has been keeping the 16-strong team busy. The studio were recently commissioned by the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure, Melanie Schultz van Haegen-Maas Geesteranus, to redesign a 32-kilometre dyke.

“The current one is 120 years old, so we’ll renovate it into an iconic design and finish it by 2017,” he said. “It can be difficult to juggle a lot of projects at once, but it’s just business as usual at the dream factory.”

WINDLICHT by Roosegaarde [OFFICIAL MOVIE] from Studio Roosegaarde on Vimeo.

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