Rainbow Station by Daan Roosegaarde

Rainbow Station by Daan Roosegaarde

Studio Roosegaarde
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Rainbow Station Amsterdam by Daan Roosegaarde

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Rainbow Station connects the historic Amsterdam Central Station by using astronomy science to create a site specific rainbow of light.

Together with astronomers of the University of Leiden, Roosegaarde unravels light efficiently into a spectrum of colours. Via new liquid crystal technology which is developed for research on exoplanets, Rainbow Station takes the exact shape of the 125 year old historic station roof.
 The artwork marks the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the railway station, and the start of the UNESCO International Year of Light 2015.

Rainbow Station can be seen every day for a brief moment within one hour after sunset. The light and colour offers the fifty million travellers a year, a magical moment at night. Location is Amsterdam Centraal Station (east side, platform 2b).

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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Build completed in 2021
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