Glow-in-the-Dark Cycle Path by Daan Roosegaarde
Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has created an illuminated cycle path powered by a special glow-in-the-dark paint that charges throughout the day ready to light up at night. Based in Nuenen in the Netherlands, the installation is powered by a solar panel nearby, while embedded LEDs provide extra light, allowing for illumination on cloudy days.
Entitled Van Gogh, the pattern for the cycle path is based on the iconic Dutch artist's Starry Night painting. The design is intended to provide a gentle, fluid approach to urban lighting that is at odds with conventional options, which often appear harsh and artificial. The illusionary and ethereal result chimes with the aesthetic depicted in our Spring/Summer Design Direction, Trace.
The project is the latest incarnation of Roosegaarde's ongoing Smart Highway research, which investigates options for sustainable and interactive technology in urban environments. For more on the use of self-sufficient energy applications, see Naturally Energised, or look to Agile Futures: Chameleon to explore the benefits of guide-lighting in spaces.