petak, 14. studenoga 2014.

Smart Highway ~ Van Gogh Bicycle Path by designer Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure

This solar powered glow in the dark cycle path that was inspired by the artwork of world famous Van Gogh is the perfect fusion of old art and modern technology, with the two coming together to create this amazing idea.

The path in Nuenen, Netherlands was unveiled by Studio Roosegaarde which is an innovative social design lab the aims to explore where public space, art and technology can all meet, one of their most notable research projects being with Smart Highways which could potentially charge electric cars whilst they drive as well as alert road users of any hazards.
During the day it looks like a normal path, but at night is when it comes to life. Lit by both special paint that charges during the day and multiple LEDs that are charged during the day through nearby solar panels the cycle path resembles the style of Van Gogh’s art which is fitting as the artist lived in Nuenen from 1883 through to 1885.

Smart Highways are interactive and sustainable roads of tomorrow by designer Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure. The goal is to make smart roads by using light, energy and road signs that interact with the traffic situation.

Glowing Lines are lines that charge at day-time, and glow at night for eight hours. The first road has been realised, and will be further launched international.

The recent Van Gogh-Roosegaarde bicycle path is made of thousands twinkling stones inspired by 'Starry Night'. The path combines innovation with cultural heritage in the city of Nuenen NL, the place where Van Gogh lived in 1883.

New designs include Dynamic Paint, Interactive Light, Induction Priority Lane and Road Printer.

The collaboration between Roosegaarde and Heijmans is a true example of innovative industries. The design and interactivity from Studio Roosegaarde and the craftsmanship of Heijmans are fused into one common goal: innovation of the Dutch landscape.

Smart Highway has been awarded with a Dutch Design Award, Accenture Innovation Award, and is winner of the INDEX Award 2013.