Art Technology

This Glow in the Dark Bike Path Has a Hidden Surprise

Now this is a design project that really brings some magic into the world. The folks at Studio Roosegaarde have built a glow-in-the-dark bike path using some truly innovative engineering techniques, and drawing from one of the most beloved paintings of all time. Check it out!

This incredible glow-in-the-dark bike path was just opened last night in Nuenen, Netherlands.

Studio Roosegaarde

Inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night, the bike path is illuminated by thousands of tiny stars.


Studio Roosegaarde

Each star is made from a special paint that absorbs the light during the day, and glows at night.


Studio Roosegaarde

But unlike most glow-in-the-dark stars, which only glow for minutes, this bike path also has a secret backup: solar power.


Studio Roosegaarde

Thousands of embedded LEDs light up the path from below, using power from a nearby solar-array.


Studio Roosegaarde

The result is a special display of light and magic, bringing Van Gogh’s famous Starry Night to life.

Wow! This is simply the coolest engineering and construction project I’ve ever seen. How do they come up with this stuff? Hmm… maybe it’s time for me to plan my trip to the Netherlands.. :)

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