In the Oosterpark you can see how high the water gets when the dikes break……
The #herecomestheflood exhibition shows with 28 man-sized, high-profile photos in the Oosterpark how high the water rises when the dikes break. And that is high, also in Amsterdam. After the Oosterpark, the exhibition will travel throughout the city.
The maker wants to make visitors aware of the serious consequences of climate change and sea level rise. Artist Rem van den Bosch photographed places all over the country for #herecomestheflood. Vulnerable places, or places that actually influence climate change and sea level rise. In Amsterdam he photographed the lower Watergraafsmeer and the Vondelpark.
On display for half a year
The photos are on large billboards and can be seen in the city for six months. First 2 months in the Oosterpark, then in Nieuw-West and then in Zuidoost. A teaching program about the exhibition involves pupils from primary schools in this problem.
Sea level rising
The models gracefully show the height of the water with their hands during a flood. Rem van den Bosch explains: “Without dikes, dunes and pumping stations, parts of the Netherlands would often and sometimes always be under water. Not everyone realizes that. With sea levels rising and climate change causing more extreme weather, living in low-lying areas is becoming a challenge. I want to stimulate the conversation about this with my photos.”
How do we keep Amsterdam safe?
The municipality, the Water Board and other partners are already preparing Amsterdam in advance for more heat, drought, flooding due to heavy rainfall, sea level rise and the risk of flooding.
Do you want to know more?
- Check on overstroomik.nl how high the water will reach in your area during a flood and how you can prepare for it.
- The website of the municipality of Amsterdam contains more information about how we prepare our city for more extreme weather and how we deal with flood risks.
- At rainproof.nl you will find practical information, tips and good examples about what you can do yourself.
- Enter your zip code or city on the website of the Amstel, Gooi en Vecht Water Board and discover everything about water in your area.
Until March in Oosterpark. More about this on the website of the municipality.
Photo: Rem van den Bosch