Van Gogh Path

Van Gogh Path

Smart Highway

VAN GOGH PATH is the light emitting bicycle path which charges at day-time and glows at night. VAN GOGH PATH is made of thousands twinkling stones inspired by Vincent Van Gogh 'Starry Night'. VAN GOGH PATH is a part of the SMART HIGHWAY project.

Van Gogh Path

The location of the VAN GOGH PATH is the place where Van Gogh lived in 1883-1885 in Nuenen NL. VAN GOGH PATH celebrates this cultural heritage and connects it with innovation. The path glows at night and creates a place of wonder and inspiration, but also enhancement of public safety and local place making.

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.

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, concrete, 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, Van Gogh Foundation, and the city of Nuenen.


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."