The Netherlands: Are we coming to the end of the road for roads as we know them?

But more than honouring one of the most famous artists and paintings in history, Roosegaarde’s genius, unconventional, and sustainable idea of lighting up our pavements is a statement on the transformation of our roads for the future, or the lack thereof.

“Why do we put so much focus on vehicles, innovation and mobility but neglect the surfaces they drive on?” he asks. “Infrastructure defines our cities and landscapes way more than the cars.” It seems that in our journey to the autonomous future, we have forgotten our roads, literally.

But it’s inevitable, as the Fourth Industrial Revolution ushers extraordinary technologies, that the way we conceptualise and build our roadways will be utterly configured.