Dutch designer’s sheer brilliance in dealing with light pollution

Mar 16, 2018, 8:06 AM EDT
Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde
(Source: https://www.studioroosegaarde.net/info)

More than 80 percent of the Earth’s population, including 99 percent in the U.S. and Europe, see skies so highly obscured by light that the very existence of the Milky Way plunges into the abyss.

In Amsterdam, where light pollution is at its “brilliant” best, a Dutch artist, Daan Roosegaarde, came up with a futuristic, energy-saving design when his firm was tasked with enhancing the beauty of Afsluitdijk, a 20-mile dam in the Netherlands, writes Earther.

Roosegaarde derived inspiration from the retroreflective wings of butterflies and used a reflective material that illuminates the floodgates every time a passing car beams light over it, a design that creates no light pollution and requires no continuous external source of power.