The village of Ferwerd wants to install the light art by Rob Sweere, that would project onto Ameland
Translated by Thomas Ansell
The northern coast of Friesland, opposite the Wadden Islands, could become home to a 10-km long piece of sculptural light art, reports the Omrop Fryslân. The work is called ‘lightlines’ and is a collaboration between Sense of Place and the artist Rob Sweere.
The beam of light would be generated by a first sculpture, standing on the ‘terp’ (dwelling mound) at Ferwerd, and then would be transmitted or reflected by another two sculptures: one on the sea dike, and one on the island of Ameland.
The Northern Times spoke to Rob Sweere, who explained that the sightline is acutally ancient: for hundreds of years people in the village of Ferwerd had been able to view Ameland until a motorway and forest blocked the view. Now, through the ‘lightlines’ project, the ancient view will be uncovered.
Each tower will be named: ‘Dromer’, ‘Slaper’, and ‘Waker’ (‘Dreamer’, ‘Sleeper’, and ‘Watchman’). The names are derived from the terms used by people in Friesland to differentiate between types of coastal dike.
Now that the plans have been developed, a permit must be applied for, and finances will be finalised. It is expected that the lights will shine for the first time in 2023.