Waterlicht Comes to Life at Columbia's Manhattanville Campus

October 25, 2019

Photos: Andrea Greenberg '21SPS, Columbia Alumni Association

Columbia University kicked off its Year of Water initiative with the Waterlicht exhibit at the Manhattanville campus on October 22.

The three-day event featured a large-scale light installation that lit up after sunset in the Public Plaza of the Lenfest Center for the Arts. The immersive display "illuminate[d] the power and poetry of water, while raising awareness about rising global sea levels," the University said in a release. 

"Through the art, viewers experience the vulnerability and power of living with water," Dutch artist Daan Roosegarde, the exhibit's creator, told the University. 

Waterlicht's popularity has expanded well beyond the Columbia community. Earlier this week, the Today show's Al Roker got an exclusive first look at the art, and sat down with Roosegarde and Columbia School of the Arts Dean Carol Becker to learn more about its inception.

Waterlicht is the first of dozens of water-related exhibits, lectures, concerts, and other events to be hosted by the University throughout the remainder of the academic year. A complete list of upcoming events can be found here.

Learn more about Waterlicht and the Year of Water. 

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