Fire at Sea

Fire at Sea

 

Fire at Sea is a unique public space given the Northern-European climate. How can we create a meeting place at a mighty sea dike at the North Sea, a place with inhospitable weather conditions for 300 days a year?

 

This sheltered and heated public area in Den Helder affords people from disparate backgrounds and interests to meet each other in a natural way. Fire at Sea is a sculptural statement that connect the city with the sea. The orange glow of the fire can be seen from the city, and tempts people to head towards the sea. The steel plate, reflecting the flames, manifests itself as an autonomous artwork that seems to be rising from the sea. The power, simplicity and untouchability of the iconic Dutch sea dike are amplified. The navy grey fire plate evokes associations with the maritime world that’s so closely connected to Den Helder. This floating square’s sunken and sheltered spaces frame the panoramic vistas on the sea and direct the view towards the sunset. Whilst dusk sets in, the fire master lights the neighborhood’s fire. The collective lighting of a fire together with fellow citizens affords a natural form of connection for people of all ages. Precisely during the evenings and cooler months of the year, Fire at Sea is a comfortable meeting place.