Opening Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path

November 10, 2014

The Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path will be opened in Eindhoven on 12 November. This cycle path has been constructed by Heijmans from a design by Daan Roosegaarde and forms part of the Van Gogh cycle route in Brabant. The opening of this unique cycle path marks the start of the Van Gogh 2015 international theme year. Inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s work, it combines innovation and design with cultural heritage and tourism.

Techno-poetry

The Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path will be officially opened in Eindhoven on 12 November 2014. The cycle path will be open to the public from 13 November. After dark visitors will be amazed by a design of light and colour, inspired by the world-famous painting The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh. Together with the artist Daan Roosegaarde, Heijmans developed special innovative technology with which the path will be illuminated by thousands of twinkling stones. This will create a play on light and poetry. Roosegaarde: "I wanted to create a place that people will experience in a special way, the technical combined with experience, that’s what techno-poetry means to me."

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Innovation through co-creation

The Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path is based on the light-emitting technology of Smart Highway, the concept for intelligent, interactive roadways and joint innovation program of Heijmans and Studio Roosegaarde. This unconventional collaboration brings the best of two very different worlds together and creates new solutions for the mobility of tomorrow. Central to the concept are the themes of sustainability, safety and experience. These are developed into the latest technologies in the field of energy and light.

The design is inspired by the world-famous painting The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh.

Van Gogh 2015

The opening of the cycle path on 12 November will mark the start of the Van Gogh 2015 international theme year. In 2015, the 125th anniversary of the death of Vincent van Gogh will be commemorated with a comprehensive cultural programme on the theme 125 years of inspiration. The cycle path forms part of the Van Gogh cycle route that connects the Vincent van Gogh heritage locations in Brabant, Vincent’s Homeland. With the completion of the Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path, the area of Brainport East will gain the impulse to develop as a country park.

Partners

The Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path is a joint initiative of Routebureau Brabant, VisitBrabant, Van Gogh Brabant, the Province of Noord-Brabant and the Community of Eindhoven. The cycle path has been made possible by a subsidy from the Province of Noord-Brabant. Technical development and realisation by Heijmans and Studio Roosegaarde. Daan Roosegaarde developed the concept and the design.