Neon made a major splash
at this month’s New York Fashion Week, but the glow-in-the-dark trend is having a moment outside of the style sector, too. Lately, a number of sports
have taken a modern turn in the form of luminescence. From glowing skate parks to black-lit golf courses, a new nightlife genre rooted in athleticism is emerging.
Glow-in-the-Dark Skate Parks:
Skate parks are becoming increasingly design-oriented, from skateable art sculptures
to colorful community hubs
with stunning architecture. One of the most spectacular additions to this evolving landscape is Otro
, a glow-in-the-dark skate park on France's Isle of Vassivière. Designed by Korean artist Koo Jeong-A
, the lunar-inspired topography consists of green phosphorescent concrete that exudes a radioactive glare. Otro is unique in that it was designed to be both a functional public space and a conscious work of art that plays off of its natural environment. During the daytime, the ramps appear normal but, at night, the structure emits a surreal glow that complements the surrounding greenery.
Bowling isn’t the only leisure sport that’s gotten a shiny update. Golf, the popularity of which has grown in recent years among Gen Ys (at least in terms of spending
), has also received a reboot. Glowgolf
is a national recreation franchise that’s introducing light-up putt-putt golf, similar in concept to cosmic bowling. The destination features an indoor, glow-in-the-dark course with a black-lit atmosphere and eighteen neon holes. Locations have popped up across the U.S. (primarily in shopping malls), and traditional golf courses
are following the chain’s lead with late-night tournaments using LED golf balls, neon markers, and light-up clubs.
Glow-in-the-Dark Bicycles: Bike culture is rising
across the country, with even fashion publications covering the relevance of “cycle chic.”
Now, the once retro trend is getting a futuristic lift with Pure Fix Cycles’ Kilo Glow, a fixed gear bike featuring a frame that illuminates at night. The bike’s body is covered in a reflective glow-in-the-dark paint that’s activated by sun exposure. Just one hour in daylight supplies one hour of nighttime use. More than just looking rave-ready, the cycle reflects where the future of bike safety is likely headed. Pair it with LED bike wheels
and a light-up helmet
, and reflective safety vests will soon be a thing of the past.