The Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path opened in Eindhoven on 12 November 2014.
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. The Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path was constructed by Heijmans from a design by Daan Roosegaarde and forms part of the Van Gogh cycle route in Brabant.
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 says: ‘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’.
The cycle path forms part of the Van Gogh cycle route that connects the Vincent van Gogh heritage locations in Brabant, Vincent’s home land. The world-famous artist produced his first masterpiece, The Potato Eaters, in Nuenen and the Opwettense and Colse watermills featured in his paintings. The new cycle path links the two watermills, bridging the gap between contemporary design, innovation, cultural heritage and tourism in Brabant.
In 2015, the 125th anniversary of the death of Vincent van Gogh (Zundert, 30 March 1853 – Auvers-sur-Oise, 29 July 1890) will be commemorated with a comprehensive cultural programme on the theme 125 years of inspiration. The programme has been devised by Van Gogh Europe, comprising the Van Gogh Museum, Kröller-Müller Museum, Van Gogh Brabant, Mons 2015 and French partners. Museums, heritage locations and cultural events will pay attention throughout the year to the work, life and inspirational sources of Van Gogh. The theme year is an initiative of NBTC Holland Marketing, together with RBT KAN and VisitBrabant.
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 is by Heijmans and Studio Roosegaarde. Daan Roosegaarde developed the concept and the design.