A light installation by Daan Roosegaarde to remember the Holocaust

The Levenslicht monument is made of 104,000 luminescent stones, one for each Dutch victim of the Holocaust, located in 170 municipalities in the Netherlands.  

Levenslicht monument is dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust in the Netherlands. The temporary and itinerant installation was designed by Studio Roosegaarde to remember, with 104,000 memorial stones, 104,000 Dutch people – Jews, Roma and Sinti – deported and murdered during the Second World War. After the presentation held in Rotterdam on the 16th of January, on the banks of Maas river from which people where deported, Levenslicht has been split over 170 municipalities in the Netherlands to show the massiveness of the Holocaust in the country.

The monument was commissioned by the National Committee 4 and 5 May in the 75th year since Auschwitz camp was liberated. Thanks to fluorescent pigments and ultraviolet light, the stones appear in a blue color that is turned off every few seconds, like a breath of light – Levenslicht means in fact “light of life”. The installation by Daan Roosegaarde can be visited until February 2 in the 170 municipalities where it has been placed.

Studio Roosegaarde, Daan Roosegaarde
Rotterdam and 170 Dutch municipalities
Commissioned by:
National Committee 4 and 5 May
Presented by :
Daan Roosegaarde, in the presence of secretary of Loods 24 and Jewish children’s monument Frank van Gelderen, State Secretary of Health, Welfare and Sport Paul Blokhuis, mayor of Rotterdam Ahmed Aboutaleb and chairman of the National Committee 4 and 5 May Gerdi Verbeet
Opening dates:
22 January-2 February 2020

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