Lightwave is an object which seems to have its origins in a dreamland. It’s a transparent, deep blue, undulating space on the water. A wave which has raised itself up and moves in time and space. It is also one of the biggest works of the festival. At nightfall the work changes into a fluorescent juwel, says artist Anita Doornhein. It is also quite huge: 20 by 11 meters.These dimensions are needed to enable boats to pass trough this transparent wave. What visitors experience inside Anita Doornhein describes thus: ‘When a boat sails in, the sensors are activated, changing the colours of the Lightwave. Visitors see dynamically flowing hues in oxygenated blues, turquoises and silver. Images of water and air bubbles give you the feeling of sailing under water, or underneath an iceberg.’ She hopes visitors will experience her work as opulent, luxuriant and enchanting. At this point in time Lightwave is the crown on her work, because for the last ten years Doornhein has been occupied with the designs that, combined, form Lightwave: working with transparant materials, studying waves and currents and the play of light and reflection.
Since completing her studies in London, the Dutch artist Anita Doornhein has attempted to create lush light areas in public spaces. She creates waves and currents in her installations by using transparent materials like dichroic filters. With her work, Doornhein hopes to provide the viewer with an opportunity to reset his/her senses and escape from the busy world around them. She continues to research transparent materials and the effect that light has on these materials at the Institute of Light Design in Amsterdam.