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Waterlicht by Studio Roosegaarde

Waterlicht is a light-based installation piece, As the studio describes it, “WATERLICHT is the dream landscape about the power and poetry of water. As a virtual flood WATERLICHT shows how high the water could reach and raises awareness about rising water levels. WATERLICHT creates a collective experience to share the importance of water innovation.”

I saw the Toronto installation, which was at the Bentway, a recently opened public park built underneath a highway overpass. The piece is adaptable to different locations, but seemed particularly well suited to this long, narrow space under a bridge. It was very popular and attracted hundreds of people each night it was there; there was a festival-like atmosphere as people wandered around gazing at the lights and talking to each other. It also helped to start conversations around flood protection, a major infrastructure issue in Toronto, and climate change.