Glow-in-the-Dark Outdoor Art: 15 Designs That Come Alive At Night

Long Exposure Neon Waterfalls



A series of waterfalls in Northern California took on an eerie glow for a single night, and while it would have been eerie to see strings of cyalume glow sticks in the rivers at night, these long-exposure photographs capture them from an entirely different perspective. Artists Sean Lenz and Kristoffer Abilgaard of From the Lenz used exposures as long as 7 minutes to create the light trails seen in the images.

Glowing Carpet Made of Stones

GLOW Eindhoven 2011 19_We Make Carpets Projekt: Glow Carpet Loc: Near building Kennispoort

GLOW Eindhoven 2011 19_We Make Carpets Projekt: Glow Carpet Loc: Near building Kennispoort

Dutch collective ‘We Make Carpets,’ which subverts age-old carpet making traditions with unusual materials, created ‘Glow Carpet’ for the Glow Festival in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. It’s made of glow-in-the-dark pebble stones.

Urban Dwelling by Jiri Prihoda




This glowing guerrilla housing is inserted into a reclaimed railway yard in Prague, offering a two-level dwelling with a single fold-out bed hidden in the wall. Its outer shell is made of corralit, a luminescent material that absorbs daylight and then its opalescent light for eight hours after dark. Czech visual artist Jiri Prihoda made ‘Arbor Dwelling II, Lampyriade (Firefly)’ for the annual Czech arts event ‘DesignBlok.’

Glow in the Dark Skate Park



This glow-in-the-dark concrete skate park, set on a wooded island in France, must look incredibly mysterious from afar. Belgian firm L’Escaut Architectures collaborated with artist Koo Jeong A to complete the instantly iconic project.

Mutant Weeds by Luzinterruptus



These ‘mutant weeds’ by street art collective Luzinterruptus aim to call attention to issues of light pollution and lack of green space in cities, installed on a sidewalk after the city of Madrid eased restrictions on the brightness of 24-hour pharmacy signs. “So much light emanates from the new crosses that the environment that surrounds each pharmacy is permanently tinted a deep, vibrant and unnatural green color.”