Vincent Van Gogh once said, “I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.” Little did he know how his words would, in his honor, come to light—in the literal sense of the phrase. With the 125th anniversary of the artist’s death approaching next July, Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde created (with the help of Heijmans construction company) a bike path resembling Van Gogh’s pinnacle work, The Starry Night. And while we haven’t cycled it ourselves yet, it looks alive and rich to say the least.
The path stretches for a kilometer along the Van Gogh Cycling Route connecting Eindhoven with the town of Nuenen, where the artist lived from 1883–1885, in the Dutch province of Noord Brabant. It was created using a special paint that captures solar energy during the day that in turn sees it glow for up to eight hours at night. Solar panels were also installed for extra power and to compensate for weak sunlight on grayer days, and there are LED lights embedded in the path as well. It’s a beautiful feat for Roosegaarde, and the second installment of Smart Highways, his five-part innovative project to make road networks more environmentally friendly and pleasing to the eye. Surely Van Gogh would have raised a brush to that.
For more information, visit Studio Roosegaarde.