The luminescent path is modeled after the painter's "The Starry Night."
By John Metcalfe, November 14, 2014
Psychonauts seeking a two-wheeled spirit quest should head to
northern Europe, where the Dutch have just unveiled a dreamy bike path
that makes it seem like you're riding atop the Milky Way.
The "Van Gogh-Roosegaarde" cycle avenue
debuted this week just outside of Eindhoven, the design capital of the
southern Netherlands. It's a collaboration between construction firm
Heijmans and Daan Roosegaarde, the same duo who built a nearby glow-in-the-dark highway. The path's swirling, spectral patterns are meant to recall "The Starry Night," the delirious masterpiece that Dutch native son Vincent van Gogh painted while locked in an asylum.
path's supernatural aura comes from thousands of embedded nuggets that
suck up solar energy and release it as light at night. The project cost
about $870,000 and is part of a larger effort to make the region a laboratory for sustainable infrastructure. Roosegaarde says he hopes it will feel like "techno-poetry" that "people will experience in a special way" (perhaps with the assistance of certain locally popular substances?).
Turn off the lights and take a test drive: