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Glow-in-the-dark cycle path takes inspiration from Van Gogh

Back in April we reported on the world’s first glow-in-the-dark road, on a stretch of motorway in the Dutch province of Brabant.

Now the artist behind the project, Daan Roosegaarde, has unveiled a glow-in-the-dark cycle path, with a design inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night.

The Van Gogh-Roosegaarde Bicycle Path, running through Van Gogh’s homeland in eastern Brabant, is coated with photoluminescent paint that gathers light energy during the day and glows at night.

The luminous elements in the path are arranged in a swirling pattern, like the starlit sky in Van Gogh’s painting.

As well as being more gentle on the eye than traditional lighting, Roosegaarde says the design creates a ‘connection with cultural history’.

Solar-powered LED lights help to light some of the bends in the path on nights when it hasn’t been able to absorb enough sunlight.