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Monday February 2 2015 / Science & Technology - Art & Design

Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde has designed this fabulous glow-in-the-dark cycle path near Eindhoven, the Netherlands, to commemorate the life and work of Vincent van Gogh.

Inspired by the swirly brushstrokes and bright flashes that feature in the renowned painter’s oil-on-canvas classic The Starry Night, the one-kilometre bicycle path boasts 50,000 solar-powered, luminous stones embedded in the ground.


After charging up while absorbing the sun’s rays during the day, the innovative stones magically glow after dark. 


The twinkling stones are complemented by LED lights to enhance luminosity on overcast days when the stones might not receive enough light to fully charge.

 

Roosegaarde and his team at Studio Roosegaarde worked with construction services firm Heijmans to develop the eye-catching path.

 


“I wanted to create a place that people will experience in a special way,” says Roosegaarde. “The technical combined with experience, that's what techno-poetry means to me.” 


The path opened just outside of village of Nuenen at the end of last year as part of the Van Gogh 2015 celebrations which are marking the 125th anniversary of the painter’s death.

Watch the video below which features the Starry Night-inspired cycle path:


This stretch of the path is part of the larger Van Gogh Cycle Route in the county of Brabant, where van Gogh was born and grew up. 


The 335-km route takes in a number of heritage sites linked to the great artist and is free of charge and open to the public all year round.


Nuenen is where van Gogh painted one of his early masterpieces, The Potato Eaters. He also painted the Water Mill at Opwetten and Water Mill at Opwetten Kollen in the region.


However, The Starry Night, painted in 1889, doesn’t represent this area of the Netherlands; it depicts the view from the window of his asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in the south of France.

For more information on the van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path, please visit: http://www.vangoghbrabant.com/de/van-gogh-2015/cycle-path and https://www.studioroosegaarde.net/project/van-gogh-path/.

Suggested by
Maximilian Büsser