Do you ever dream of going on a bike ride unlike any other? There’s a glowing bicycle trail you should check out, one that combines history and the future into one breathtaking experience.
If you happen to travel to the Netherlands you might want to take a stroll down the solar-powered glowing bike trail designed by Daan Roosegaarde. Using innovation and imagination Roosegaarde found a way to illuminate the night with LED technology and pebbles that glow. As a result, this bike path now looks like the Starry Night painting made famous by the late artist Van Gogh.
The awesome invention utilizes both glow-in-the-dark technology as well as solar-powered LEDs. Measuring over one kilometer in distance, the bike path is located in Brabant. The location of the biking trail couldn’t be better, after all Brabant is the same Dutch county where Van Gogh was born and raised.
The bike path’s designer, Daan Roosegaarde works with a team of talented engineers and designers in order to create art without boundaries. Roosegaarde’s official website profile reads, “The studio creates interactive designs that explore the dynamic relation between people, technology and space.”
Not only does the lighting create a beautiful look that is unlike anything else, but it also serves beneficial to bikers going for a late night adventure. The swirling designs help guide the way so that bikers can safely travel on course.
This environmentally friendly path is so incredible I wish my own city would implement the same design! Other paths throughout the U.K. have been getting similar glowing features; we can only hope the trend catches on worldwide so we all have the chance to travel across the most beautiful Starry Night sky.
Studio Roosegaarde has won a number of awards from around the world. Due to popularity and demand, his studio recently opened a second location in Shanghai, China.
In an interview with heijmans.nl, Roosegaarde was asked a number of questions about the Starry Night bicycle path. Roosegaarde explains that a bicycle path and Van Gogh actually go very well together. He says, “I have always created landscapes using art and technology… Here in Nuenen we have taken an element from the past (Van Gogh in 1883) and an element from the future (energy-neutral landscapes) to create a landscape that is both functional and imaginative. It’s about the connection: that is what brings it to life.”
Roosegaarde chose the Starry Night painting in particular because it is a work of art so many people are familiar with, therefore it speaks to a much wider audience than a lesser-known work of art. The art stretches an entire kilometer and can also be touched, making it truly unique. Even the Japanese Minister of Culture is interested, Roosegaarde shares that after visiting Tokyo the Minister showed interest in commissioning him to create something similar for the 2020 Olympic Games.
Roosegaarde is thrilled that the Brabant region gave his project a chance, and his team worked hard to incorporate the light display without taking anything away from the natural surrounding habitat. For one, the lighting couldn’t be too bright. It took multiple trials and errors and demo models to come up with the perfect finished product, but in the end it turned out better than ever expected.
In regards to Roosegaarde’s expectations for the beautiful bike path, he hopes, “That it gives cyclists an amazingly poetic experience. That Van Gogh comes to life again. That it is a place where people arrange to meet on their first date.”
Check out this video highlighting the full beauty of the romantic, mystical, and oh so incredible glowing bike path…