Daan Roosegaarde changes Amsterdam Central Station into Rainbow Station

Artist Daan Roosegaarde opened a large-scale light artwork at the Amsterdam Central Station, in the presence of the Minister of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands and Amsterdam’s deputy mayor. The artwork is launched in honour of the -by NS and ProRail- renovated 125 year old historic station. The artwork connects the historic station by architect Cuypers with the innovation of today. The light and colour offers travellers a magical moment in the evening. Every year approximately 50 million people travel through Amsterdam Central Station, towards national and international destinations.

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Rainbow Station can be seen every day for a whole year for a brief moment within an hour after sunset at the east side of the station.

“Rainbow Station creates a unique place for travellers, an experience you can not download”. “This innovative and colorful artwork adds atmosphere to the monumental station, it is a great gift to our travellers,” said Patrick Buck of ProRail and Timo Huges of NS.

The celebration of the 125th anniversary and the metamorphose of the railway station was the inspiration for Roosegaarde to make the artwork. The work also marks the international ‘Year of the Light’ by UNESCO in 2015. Rainbow Station is made in collaboration and with support of the Amsterdam Fund for the Art, NS, ProRail, Stichting Doen and his own Studio Roosegaarde. Location is Central Station Amsterdam, platform 2b east side, NL.

Recently opened Roosegaarde the Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path between Nuenen and Eindhoven, inspired by The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. This path creates, just like Rainbow Station, an interaction between light and poetry.

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About Daan Roosegaarde
Artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde (1979) is known for his social design and energetic appearance. His ideology is “just do it and follow your intuition”. His designs play with the boundaries between man, technology and space. Interaction, technological innovation and beauty are central to what he describes as “techno-poetry.” Roosegaarde attracted international media attention last year with its Smog Free Project and the Smart Highway.

Source: Studio Roosegaarde

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