Daan Roosegaarde designs ‘enlightened’ postal stamps

Postzegelvel Verlichting

The Hague, 12 October 2015 – On 12 October 2015, PostNL is issuing the ‘enlightened’ stamps, designed by artist Daan Roosegaarde. The stamp sheet depicts the Netherlands as a network of light seen from space, shaped by our cities and roads.

The stamp sheet features a map of the Netherlands on a clear spring night. The stamps give us insight into the light we use every day. 

Stamps as a network of light 

“The stamp sheet shows the Netherlands as we have never seen it before. You don’t really know whether you’re looking down at the earth from above, or looking at the starry sky from the ground. It’s an amazing network of light which establishes connections. It’s ominous and poetic at the same time: it gives us an insight into our behaviour and the impact it has on our landscape. In this way, the stamps offer both literal and figurative enlightenment,” Roosegaarde says. Each separate stamp features a different piece of the Netherlands. When designing the stamps, Daan was inspired by aerial photos taken by André Kuipers and satellite photos of the Netherlands, after which he incorporated his own interpretation in the images. 

Special presentation

On Saturday 24 October, PostNL will personally present the stamps to artist Daan Roosegaarde. For this purpose, Daan Roosegaarde will symbolically turn off the lights of The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in a special programme during the Nacht van de Nacht [‘Night of the Night’]. 


These stamps are marked ‘Nederland 1’ and are intended for mail items up to 20g in weight with destinations in the Netherlands. The stamps are available at all Bruna stores as well as via Collectclub.nl. The stamps are valid until further notice.

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Met dank aan NASA, ESA, André Kuipers en RIVM