Van Gogh Path

Van Gogh Path

Smart Highway

The VAN GOGH PATH is a part of SMART HIGHWAY, which are interactive and sustainable roads of tomorrow by Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure. Its goal is to make smart roads by using light, energy and information that interact with the traffic situation.

Van Gogh Path

VAN GOGH PATH is made of thousands twinkling stones inspired by 'Starry Night'. The path connects innovation with cultural heritage in the town of Nuenen NL, the place where Van Gogh lived in 1883. By charging at day-time via the sun, the path glows at night up to eight hours.

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


2012-2015. Smart coatings, energy harvesting, sensors and other media. Concept and Design by Studio Roosegaarde and the engineers from Heijmans. Location Eindhoven - Nuenen: Van Gogh Path.


Joint venture of Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans N.V. with the support of the Province of Brabant, the city of Eindhoven, the city of Oss, and BKKC.


Best Future Concept, Dutch Design Award, NL. Accenture Innovation Award, NL. INDEX Award, DM.

Selected Exhibitions



Press Release

Daan Roosegaarde’s TED talk is trending across the globe. Now translated in fifteen languages and over a million views.
National Geographic Magazine
National Geographic Magazine
National Geographic magazine features Daan Roosegaarde about our Starry Night bicycle path and the power of nature. Read the full article here.
Interview in The Guardian
Read The Guardian's profile on Daan Roosegaarde titled "The green Van Gogh cleaning up the cityscape."