Daan Roosegaarde is the Dutch artist and innovator responsible for a this enchanting, solar-powered bike path in Brabant, Netherlands. The installation was inspired by none other than Van Gogh’s painting ‘Starry Night.’ Brabant, incidentally, is where the painter was born and raised. Daan’s environment-friendly bike path is around one kilometer long and studded with softly glowing lights to guide a biker on an invigorating night ride. The lights are a combination of both glow-in-the-light technology and solar-powered LEDs. Recharged daily by the sun, they cost nothing to maintain.
This is not Daan’s first interactive installation that involves light, technology, and space. His other installations: Dune, Smart Highway, and Intimacy, all showcase the same brilliance. He owns and operates his own studio, Studio Roosegaarde which has two branches. One is in Holland, the other is in Shanghai, China. The studio is made up of teams of designers and engineers collaborating in an effort to create Daan’s vision become a reality.
According to one website: “(Daan Roosegaarde) . . . is internationally known for creating social designs that explore the relation between people, technology and space. (His installations). . . are tactile high-tech environments in which viewer and space become one. This connection, established between ideology and technology, results in what Roosegaarde calls ‘techno-poetry’.”
Daan’s art has a worldwide following and his work has been the main focus of exhibitions in Amsterdam, National Museum in Tokyo, Tate Modern, as well as the Victoria and Albert Museum. You can also find some of his work in Hong Kong, Rotterdam, Stockholm, and Singapore.
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