Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.
UK-based company Pro-Teq has developed a spray-on solution to create a trail of illuminating stars aptly known as STARPATH. The innovative product boasts an anti-slip and water-resistant surface, not to mention an energy-free alternative to streetlights, that is ideal for pedestrians at night. It is both cost-effective and less labor-intensive, two incentives that Pro-Teq promotes and seeks to propose to global city councils in the hopes of incorporating their product into public parks.
STARPATH is currently installed in England, covering 140 meters along a pathway at Christ's Pieces Park in Cambridge. From start to finish, the entire installation process took less than four hours. The quick construction involved spraying a polyurethane base on the ground, followed by a layer of the aggregate material that absorbs and stores energy from UV rays, and a final polyaspartic top coat (that takes only half an hour to dry) to seal it all in.
Pro-Teq Surfacing owner Hamish Scott explains, “This product adjusts to the natural light, so if it is pitch black outside the luminous natural earth enhances, and if the sky is lighter, it won't release as much luminosity – it adjusts accordingly, it’s almost like it has a mind of its own.”