Bombardment Periphery

Mothership

Bombardment Periphery May 14, 2007. On the 14th of May, 1940, the center of Rotterdam was devastated by aerial bombardment. The beams of light on the 14th of May, 2007 revealed the boundaries of the section of the city that was destroyed that day. When planning the reconstruction of the heart of Rotterdam, the City Council at that time chose to build a new Rotterdam instead of restoring the old. That is why there is such a clear distinction between the old and the new in Rotterdam.The exact course of the bombardment periphery will be unknown to most people today, but had a lot to do with the contemporary architecture of Rotterdam. This light project shows us how proud we can be of this new city.The project of lighting the bombardment periphery with 128 space cannons was commissioned by Rotterdam 2007 City of Architecture. The “space cannons”, each producing 7000 watts, were lit between 10:45 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. With special thanks to Haine AV, for the lighting.

Concept Mothership – Jeroen Everaert
Title De Brandgrens
Description Beams of light indicating the periphery of the bombardment of Rotterdam on May 14th 1940
Dimensions 12 kilometers – 128 spacecannon lights (7000 watts each)
Presented at On the periphery of the bombardment on May 14th 2007 and 2008 around the city centre of Rotterdam
Year 2007-2008
Commissioned by Rotterdam 2007 – City of Architecture
Sponsors Eneco
Producer Mothership – Jeroen Everaert
Thanks to Deloitte and Frances Alys (BE) for the inspiration
© Maarten Laupman
© Oscar Langerak
© Martijn Oorthuis
© Oscar Langerak
© Oscar Langerak
© Oscar Langerak
© Bas Czerwinski
© Rolf Versteegh
© Rolf Versteegh
© Rolf Versteegh
© Wick van Rij
© Wick van Rij
© Wick van Rij
©  Ton Bakker
©  Ton Bakker
© Rick Messemaker
© Rick Messemaker
© Rick Messemaker
© Rick Messemaker

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