It is the most characteristic Van Gogh's painting. I wanted to use something that people are familiar with and give it a twist. Updating Van Gogh. This is how you get the first kilometre of art, though one which you can actually touch. I have just returned from Tokyo, as the Japanese minister of culture saw it online. He is so enthusiastic about it that he would like to commission something similar for the Olympic Games in 2020. And so it continues.
To allow the organic nature of the pattern to survive, while everything was manufactured by machinery. The construction business often thinks in terms of kilometres, but the design world thinks in millimetres. This was subject to refinement. Since it is also a vulnerable area of flora and fauna, we had to create a softly glowing bicycle path, Bright lighting was out of the question. It is fantastic that the region of Brabant has given this type of daring project a chance.
Yes, lots of one-on-one testing to determine the right swarf and sense of light. You can animate anything on a computer, but you only see the reality of it when you make prototypes. In the end, we had hundreds of metres of unique models cut by laser to ensure that the design was conveyed correctly. This lead to many consultations with the designers at Studio Roosegaarde and the professionals at Heijmans. The result speaks for itself.
That it gives cyclists an amazingly poetic experience. That Van Gogh comes to life again. That it is a place where people arrange to meet on their first date.