By Team IAnD
Photography: Daan Roosegaarde; courtesy: Studio Roosegaarde & Heijmans
Soon, in 2014, the Eindhoven region in Netherlands, where Vincent van Gogh lived from 1883 to 1885 will receive the first innovative bicycle path comprising thousands of sparkling stones designed by artist Daan Roosegaarde.
The 600m bicycle path being designed by Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans and is part of a joint venture between the municipality of Eindhoven, Van Gogh Brabant, Vrijetijdshuis Brabant, Eindhoven 365 and Routebureau Brabant.
The naturally lit pathway design is based on light stones that will be used to create patterns in the path that will charge during the day and emit light during the evening. This creates interplay of light and poetry. The design this way provides a modern interpretation to Vincent van Gogh.
Cultural heritage and innovation merge in this new, public landscape. The first impressions were recently presented during the symposium ‘Leading in Leisure’ on October 24, 2013, as an initiative of the Province of Noord-Brabant and part of the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven.
Van Gogh Fietspad map
The Roosegaarde - Van Gogh bicycle path makes use of the light-emitting techniques of the Smart Highway concept, a joint development of Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans for the highway of tomorrow. Preparations for the initial pilot of the innovative bicycle path have since begun. Plans call for the final design to be ready to be experienced in 2014, which will make this the first bicycle path of its kind in the world.
To know more about some of the amazing design trajectories of Daan Roosegaarde, visit www.studioroosegaarde.com