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Illuminated Holocaust Memorial Installations

Daan Roosegaarde's Sculpture Boasts Luminescent Rocks

— January 20, 2020 — Art & Design
Daan Roosegaarde creates an interactive memorial installation for Dutch Holocaust victims — 104,000, in total. Located on the banks of the Maas in the Netherlands, the designer arranges the space in a circle.

The memorial installation features quite interesting materials. It is compromised by stones that are doused in fluorescent pigments and therefore, emit a soft luminescence. The piece is intended to be viewed under ultra-violet light.

Daan Roosegaarde has titled the Holocaust memorial installation 'Levenslight,' which means "light of life" in Dutch. It is inspired by a Jewish custom. Another key difference of this sculpture — in comparison with others of its kind — is that it is completely interactive, unlike "traditional static monuments in which people are purely observers."


Image Credit: Dezeen
Trend Themes
1. Interactive Memorial Installations - Creating memorial installations that engage viewers through interactivity presents disruptive innovation opportunities for the art and memorial industries.
2. Luminescent Material Usage - Incorporating luminescent materials like fluorescent pigments in artworks and installations opens up new possibilities for creative expression and sensory experiences.
3. Cultural Symbolism in Art - Exploring cultural symbolism, such as Jewish customs in artwork, provides opportunities for artists to create meaningful and inclusive narratives.
Industry Implications
1. Art - The art industry can leverage interactive memorial installations to create immersive and emotionally resonant experiences for visitors.
2. Memorial - The memorial industry can adopt innovative materials like luminescent substances to enhance the visual impact and contemplative aspects of commemorative spaces.
3. Cultural Tourism - Cultural tourism can benefit from incorporating cultural symbolism in art installations, attracting visitors interested in exploring and engaging with diverse narratives.
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