Studio Roosegaarde is known for its mind-bending designs, from a solar-powered glowing highway to a ring made out of smog, but this project takes things to an incredible new level. Inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night, the designers have created a gorgeous illuminated bike path made out of swirling solar-powered LEDs and light-collecting paint.
At night, the path is lit by thousands of twinkling stones, creating a beautiful night sky on the ground. The path is illuminated LED lights powered by a nearby solar array that charges during the day which, along with a light-collecting paint, creates a stunning nighttime display. The project is a part of Roosegaarde’s smart roads projects to create safer, more efficient roads.
The path connects van Gogh heritage locations in the Netherlands and it was created for the van Gogh 2015 international theme year. ‘I wanted to create a place that people will experience in a special way, the technical combined with experience, that’s what techno-poetry means to me,” said creator Daan Roosegaarde. The path is located in the Dutch province of Noord Brabant.