This Enchanted Bike Path Was Inspired By Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’

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“I can’t change the fact that my paintings don’t sell,” Vincent van Gogh reportedly once said. “But the time will come when people will recognize that they are worth more than the value of the paints used in the picture.” It is, of course, a terrible shame van Gogh never lived to see the profound impact his art had on the world at large, forever transforming the way so many of us gaze upon the night sky.

Van Gogh’s wildest dreams probably couldn’t prepare him, for example, for the Van Gogh-Roosegaarde Bicycle Path, an enchanting living artwork newly unveiled by Studio Roosegaarde. The kilometer-long path is adorned with a special paint that charges during the day and glows after dark. It runs through the Dutch province of Noord Brabant, where van Gogh was born and raised.

The stunning feat, at the intersection of art and technology, mimics the ecstatic energy and swirling movement of van Gogh’s original. Each illuminated fleck operates like a brushstroke, adding a small yet crucial element to the whirling, unfathomable whole. “It’s a new total system that is self-sufficient and practical, and just incredibly poetic,” designer Daan Roosegaarde told Dezeen.

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