“The Van Gogh Bicycle Path”.

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Bringing together sustainable energy concerns, modern art, and an impressionist classic, the Van Gogh Bicycle Path in Eindhoven, Netherlands comes to life each night when the stones in the trail light up in an homage to Van Gogh’s famous work, The Starry Night.
The brainchild of artist and double-letter enthusiast Daan Roosegaarde, the public art project was put in place just in time to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the death of Vincent Van Gogh, who spent a portion of his life in the area.
Roosegaarde installed a number of stones covered in a special smart coating that soaks up solar rays during the day and glow for hours after the sun goes down. The treated stones were cemented into place in swirls and whorls that mirror the celestial whirlpools depicted in Van Gogh’s painting.
At full charge, the glowing path emits a strong blue-green glow, painting bikers and hikers in a soft, but eerie light.
Along with a previously installed highway which glows using similar energy-neutral technology, the Van Gogh Bicycle Path is part of a growing “Smart Highway” that is meant to experiment with and promote, new energy solutions for public works.
Both the highway and the path were created in conjunction with a building firm known as Heijmans, who help with the materials and installation.

via Van Gogh Bicycle Path | Atlas Obscura.

“Viertel’s Underwater Portraits”.

GabrieleViertel3German-born, Netherlands-based photographer Gabriele Viertel captures striking portraits of ethereal women drifting gracefully underwater.
The self-taught photographer, who has immersed herself in her craft since 2011, has been featured in numerous publications like Vogue Italia for her gorgeous work, which often borders on the surreal through elements like eerie reflections and ripples that distort the bodies of the models.
GabrieleViertel1Pale and elegant, Viertel’s female subjects cast an otherworldly glow against the backdrop of a dark, watery abyss.
With their long, flowing locks and delicate gowns that billow fluidly around them, they take on the appearance of seductive spirits and enchanting nymphs risen from the depths of the sea like in a beautiful dream.
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See more Images via Enchantingly Ethereal Underwater Portraits by Gabriele Viertel – My Modern Met.

Paper Birds.

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by Christopher Jobson.
Johan Scherft started making papercraft birds at the age of 14.
His first birds were modeled after English artist Malcolm Topp and made using a colored pencil.
bird-2Now 30 years later, the Dutch artist uses a computer to aid in initial blueprints and completes the rest of the painstaking process by hand.
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See more via Juxtapoz Magazine – Paper Birds by Johan Scherft.

“16thC. Prayer Nuts.”

prayernut1AlbertKunsthistorischesMuseum16th-Century Netherlandish prayer nuts are intricately carved wood items of devotion, and when one is closed it looks like an elaborate nut.
These symbols of status from the Middle Ages were worn on a rosary, a belt or a sack by the wealthy in northern Europe.
prayernut2britishmuseumOnly a few inches in diameter, these prayer nuts hold insanely detailed religious scenes, tiny treasures for those who could afford them.
Now they are on display at respectable institutions around the world.
via mymodernmet
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via Juxtapoz Magazine – 16th-Century Netherlandish Carved Prayer Nuts.

“The Magic Of the Forest.”

These photos were all taken in the Netherlands by albertdros.com. Zig Zag Zig Zag Curvy roads between trees can create an amazing effect when using long lenses to photograph them.
The Netherlands is famous for the beautiful canals in Amsterdam, the tulips and of course the windmills. The Netherlands also has some beautiful forests that you can get lost in for hours.
Forests are something different than normal landscapes. Especially for photographers, forests offer tons of different compositions even in a very small area because of the different lining and shapes of the trees.

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Also, they always look different with different light. These last few days have been very misty in my country. All the people around me are complaining about it being ‘grey’ and depressing. I always tell them: ‘Take a stroll around your local forest, you’ll be amazed by the beautiful atmosphere.’ Because that’s where forests become magical: when there is fog separating the trees from each other it’s like walking in a fairytale.
But in any condition, forests always offer a great sense of peace and are relaxing to walk around in. Of course forests look very different from season to season but there is almost always something beautiful to see.

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In summer the forests are nice and green. My favourite time is autumn when the trees start to get all kinds of colour. But I love winter too. When the leaves fell of the trees, all that’s left is the distinct shapes of the tree branches, often creating magical or spooky atmospheres.
It doesn’t matter how the light is. But sometimes, I’d like to forget about photographing and just enjoy the beautiful silence the forests offer. I can recommend it to everyone that has forests, small or big, around them.
Take some time to walk around for an hour or two. It’s extremely relaxing and a great stress reliever too!
See more images via 10+ Photos That Reveal The Magic Of Dutch Forests | Bored Panda

Rembrandt’s “Claudius Civilis”.

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Rembrandt van Rijn, ‘The Conspiracy of the Batavians under Claudius Civilis’ (1661-62). The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Sweden
Owned by the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, the painting has been at the National museum of Art in Stockholm for more than 150 years, leaving Sweden only twice in that time, in 1925 and 1969.
Both of those occasions were for showings at the Rijksmuseum.
Rembrandt painted The Conspiracy of the Batavians Under Claudius Civilis, Claudius Civilis for short, in 1661-1662 under a commission from the burgomasters of Amsterdam.
The enormous canvas, originally 550 cm high and 550 cm wide, was far and away the largest, most prestigious painting of his long career.
The work was intended to be part of a series of eight equally large paintings depicting Batavian history to be hung in the new Amsterdam Town Hall (now the Royal Palace Amsterdam).
READ ON via Rembrandt’s Claudius Civilis temporarily on view at the  Rijksmuseum.