Waterlicht NYC

Propelled by LED lights and lenses, WATERLICHT will come to life after sunset in the Public Plaza of Columbia's Lenfest Center for the Arts.

What Is Waterlicht?

WATERLICHT is a site-specific, large-scale light installation by acclaimed Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde. Translated as "water light," this immersive, monumental public art event illuminates the power and poetry of water, while raising awareness about rising global sea levels.

Who is Daan Roosegarde?

Daan Roosegaarde is one of the most exciting artists of the twenty-first century—passionate about the environment, art, design, innovation, ideas, and beauty. WATERLICHT combines them all.”
—Carol Becker, Dean, School of the Arts

Who's Sponsoring Waterlicht?

Columbia's School of the Arts is excited to spearhead the Year of Water and to play a central role in convening the institutes, schools, and programs at Columbia engaged in research and action on water-related issues.

How to See Waterlicht NYC

Dozens of people wander through an outdoor space illuminated by blue lasers that create the effect of walking through water.

Dates and Location

Tuesday, October 22
Wednesday, October 23
Thursday, October 24

Public Plaza at Columbia University Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 West 129th Street, New York, NY 10027

A person wearing a helmet lined with laser LED lights stands in an outdoor space illuminated by blue laser light.


  • Waterlicht is free and open to the public,
    but registration is required.
  • Viewing hours are 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm each evening.
  • Lines open for entry at 6:30 pm; first-come, first-served.
Roughly a dozen people walk through an outdoor space illuminated with blue laser light.

Important Details

  • Waterlicht will take place RAIN or SHINE; please dress appropriately.
  • Portable restrooms are available.
  • The following are not permitted in the Public Plaza: smoking, alcohol, bicycles, scooters, skateboards


Getting to Waterlicht

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By Bus

Take the M4, M104, or BxM15 to 125th Street and Broadway. Walk one block north to 129th Street.

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By Train

Take the No. 1 train to 125th Street and Broadway. Exit the station and walk one block north to 129th street.

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By Car

The Lenfest Center for the Arts is located at 615 West 129th Street, New York, NY 10027. Parking is available nearby.