Smart bicycle path design by Daan Roosengaarde
Bicycle path is made of rhinestones
The luminous smart bicycle path of the Dutch artist, designer and entrepreneur Daan Roosegaarde, is opened on November 12. Due to the special character of the bike path, the official launch have largely take place in the dark. Mayor Rob van Gijzel of Eindhoven opened the bicycle path. With the opening of the bike path also started the international Van Gogh theme year 2015. Inspired by the work of Vincent van Gogh, the bike path unites innovation and design with cultural heritage and tourism.
The path is freely available from 13 November free for all users. Visitors will be surprised at dusk by a design of light and color, inspired by the famous work ‘Starry Night’ by Vincent van Gogh.
The 600-meter-long bike path is realized by Heijmans, along with artist Daan Roosegaarde an used an innovative technology which make the path illuminated by thousands of sparkling rhinestones. The stones ‘charge’ themselves in daylight and provide evening light. This creates a play of light and poetry. Roosegaarde: “I want to create a place that people experience as special, technique coupled with experience, which is where techno-poetry for me stands for.”
The luminous bike path runs right where Vincent van Gogh lived from 1883 to 1885. It is part of the 335-kilometer Van Gogh cycle route linking the heritage sites of Vincent van Gogh in Brabant. The world famous painter created in Nuenen his first masterpiece The Potato Eaters and also painted the Opwettense and Colse Watermill in his paintings. Between those two mills lays the new cycle path, making so the bridge between contemporary design, innovation, cultural heritage and tourism in Brabant.
The bike path is the result of collaboration between the City of Eindhoven, van Gogh Brabant, Vrijetijdshuis Brabant, Eindhoven 365 and Route Bureau Brabant. With the realization of the Van Gogh Roosegaarde cycle path the Brainport East area gets a boost to develop into a landscape park. The city of Eindhoven offered, in addition to a financial contribution, also the space, that serves as a testing ground for the development of the bike path. The project is the second manifestation of Roosegaarde’s Smart Highways research into creating safer and more energy efficient road networks.
Smart Highway has been awarded with a Dutch Design Award, Accenture Innovation Award, and is winner of the INDEX Award 2013.