Light sculpture in bicycle tunnel RijnWaalpad

Light sculpture in bicycle tunnel RijnWaalpad

Tunnels and Sculptures
Bemmel, Netherlands - Build completed in 2015

Light sculpture in bicycle tunnel RijnWaalpad

Ateliereen Architecten as Architects

The "RijnWaalpad" is a fast cycling route between Arnhem and Nijmegen which offers a comfortable and safe track. In the tunnel -under highway A15- Ateliereen designed an interactive light sculpture, which encourages greater use of the bicycle route and rewards cycling together.


The sculpture is a network of LED units which can light up in various colours. If many cyclists go through the tunnel at the same time, more colours will appear. Also one can use an app: The Bicycle Buddy. With the app you can choose a favourite colour. By passing the tunnel more often you can collect more colours to choose from. In this way cycling on the RijnWaalpad is rewarded.


The shape of the artwork is inspired by the logo of the RijnWaalpad, which in turn is derived from the bicycle chain. It consists of chains of white coated steel with a LED unit that can light up in any colour, each individually controllable. A total of three hundred LED units, placed on walls and ceiling of the tunnel, decorate the one hundred meters long tunnel. Through this interactive light sculpture you get a colourful and positive experience in the tunnel!

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