Holocaust memorial: 104,000 light-emitting rocks

The Levenslicht Holocaust memorial remembers the 104,000 Dutch victims of the Holocaust with 104,000 specially developed luminescent stones. Since the start of the year, the artwork has travelled to the 170 municipalities in the Netherlands that have a Holocaust history.

The Jewish custom is to place stones rather than flowers to honour the deceased. Artist Daan Roosegaarde and his team of designers used this as the inspiration for a special national work of art for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the international symbol of the Holocaust.

The specially developed stones have fluorescent pigments that can light up every few seconds. Said Roosegaarde: “Levenslicht is not a traditional static monument in which people are purely observers; it asks social participation. Light is life, light is hope …”

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