178 Bottles, 1 Message

178 Bottles, 1 Message

There is no other city in the world where you can find as many nationalities as Amsterdam; the city’s 800,000 residents represent 178 nationalities.

They are the beating heart of the city and now this image has been visualized for all to see. A heart shines in the center of Amsterdam where the water of the Amstel and the Zwanenburgwal meet.

178 BOTTLES, 1 MESSAGE consists of 178 bottles containing LED lights that can be controlled by the festival’s visitors. The duo Saskia Hoogendoorn and Lieuwe Martijn Wijnands of creative agency Tijdmakers collaborated with light specialists Rivolta, Triple It, Robert Overweg and Jasper Kloosterboer for the execution of the artwork.

The artwork was inspired by the famous words of former city councilor, Floor Wibaut (1859-1936) whose statue can be seen standing around the corner from the City Hall: “There's only one land: earth. There's only one nation: humankind. There's only one faith: love.”

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