Subtitle:The bridge as memorial
Description:Artwork which transforms the new city bridge across the Waal into a monument
Location:Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Assignment type:Art in public space
Partners:Ney / Poulissen architecture & engineering, combination BAM-Bögel / BAM Infrastructure Mobility
Commissioned by:Municipality Nijmegen
Lights Crossing is the title of the work of art that is part of the city bridge De Oversteek (‘The Crossing’) in Nijmegen. The bridge was designed by the Belgian office Ney / Poulissen. It connects the banks of the river Waal in Nijmegen at the exact location of the heroic crossing on September 20, 1944. During this military action, 48 American soldiers lost their lives in one afternoon.
The work of art consists of light and time, and refers to this historic event; during twilight, after the city lights of Nijmegen have been switched on, the 48 pairs of lights on the bridge will light one by one, at the pace of a slow march. The lights will start to turn on from the south riverbank, progressively illuminating the 950 meter long route, taking approximately 12 minutes to complete the ‘crossing of light’.