The perfect example of an adequate use of the bicycle (and also a good infrastructure for it) is found in Holland and Denmark. Among other reasons, the vehicle’s success in these regions is due to its cost in comparison to cars. But not just that —the Netherlands already include the aesthetic experience as part of the cycling culture.

This beautiful illuminated bike path in Nuenen was recently unveiled by Studio Roosegaarde, a design lab which emerged with the idea of intersecting people, art, public space and technology. The winding path used for the kilometer-long section, called Van Gogh-Roosegaarde, is precisely inspired by painter Vincent Van Gogh (who lived in Nuenen from 1883 to 1885).

The path is illuminated both by solar-charged paint and by small LEDs which are powered by a nearby panel. This method of illumination is “more gentle to the eye and surrounding nature” than other lighting infrastructure, and creates a “connection with cultural history” and, of course, with the starry sky. In few words, this is an ode to functional ecology and poetic utility.

Daan Roosegaarde’s glowing Van Gogh cycle path to open in the Netherlands from Dezeen on Vimeo.

The perfect example of an adequate use of the bicycle (and also a good infrastructure for it) is found in Holland and Denmark. Among other reasons, the vehicle’s success in these regions is due to its cost in comparison to cars. But not just that —the Netherlands already include the aesthetic experience as part of the cycling culture.

This beautiful illuminated bike path in Nuenen was recently unveiled by Studio Roosegaarde, a design lab which emerged with the idea of intersecting people, art, public space and technology. The winding path used for the kilometer-long section, called Van Gogh-Roosegaarde, is precisely inspired by painter Vincent Van Gogh (who lived in Nuenen from 1883 to 1885).

The path is illuminated both by solar-charged paint and by small LEDs which are powered by a nearby panel. This method of illumination is “more gentle to the eye and surrounding nature” than other lighting infrastructure, and creates a “connection with cultural history” and, of course, with the starry sky. In few words, this is an ode to functional ecology and poetic utility.

Daan Roosegaarde’s glowing Van Gogh cycle path to open in the Netherlands from Dezeen on Vimeo.

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