Bike path inspired by Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' opens in Netherlands

By CNN StaffPublished 14th November 2014
An artist in the Netherlands has created an incredibly beautiful tribute to Vincent van Gogh -- an illuminated bike path that glows in the dark.
Inspired by the famed Dutch painter's "Starry Night" work, artist Daan Roosegaarde teamed up with Heijmans Infrastructure to create the 1-kilometer-long Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path, which opened in the city of Eindhoven on November 13.
The path is illuminated by thousands of twinkling stones that feature glow-in-the-dark technology and solar-powered LED lights.
"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 Roosegaarde in a statement.
This isn't the first time Roosegaarde has teamed up with construction-services business Heijmans.
The collaborators have also been working on a series of "Smart Highways," a concept that combines light, energy and road signs that react according to the present traffic situation.
Van Gogh 2015
The opening of the Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path marks the start of Van Gogh 2015, a year of cultural events being held in the Netherlands, Belgium and France to honor the 125th anniversary of the death of van Gogh (1853-1890).
The "Starry Night"-inspired road is part of the larger Van Gogh Cycle Route in the province of North Brabant -- Van Gogh's homeland.
The entire route is 335 kilometers (208 miles) long and split into five individual round trips, which can each be cycled in a day and connect several van Gogh heritage locations in North Brabant, where the artist was born and raised.
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