To kick off a year of remembrance in honor of the 125th anniversary of Vincent Van Gogh's death, a Dutch artist has created a glowing tribute: a kilometer-long bike path studded with thousands of glow-in-the-dark stones meant to evoke the magnificient swirls of the painter's masterpiece Starry Night. Located in the town of Nuenen, just outside of Eindhoven, where Van Gogh lived and worked from 1883 to 1885, the "Van Gogh-Roosegaarde" bike path is the brainchild of designer Daan Roosegaarde, who teamed up with the construction firm Heijmans to create the magnificent installation.
The path gets its luminescence from 50,000 glow-in-the-dark stones embedded in the ground. The stones soak up the sun's power by day, and then release it at night, resulting in thousands of glowing fragments that are meant to look like the stars in the famous painting. The path is also dotted by LED lights, which enhance the path's visibility on days when the weather might prevent the stones from fully charging. The path, which is part of the larger 335-kilometer (208-mile) Van Gogh Cycle Route, is free and open to the public year round. The project is part of Van Gogh 2015, a year-long celebration that will feature cultural events across France, Belgium and the Netherlands.