Most of us can remember a time when glow-in-the-dark toys were some of the coolest things a kid could buy. No wonder why a full-sized, glow-in-the-dark Nissan LEAF seems to have captivated the attention of EV enthusiasts and conventional car people alike. So naturally the next logical step is to create the world’s largest glow-in-the-dark painting, right?
With the help of the glow-in-the-dark Nissan LEAF and car artist Ian Cook, the Guinness Book of World Records certified that the huge painting of the front end of a Nissan LEAF was the largest glow-in-the-dark painting in the world. Completed on March 20th, it took over 61 hours and 60 liters (about 16 gallons) of luminescent acrylic paint, which is different from the strontium aluminate-laced “STARPATH” paint covering the glow-in-the-dark LEAF.
The applications for glow-in-the-dark paint goes well beyond artistic endeavors, or even lit-up automobiles. The Netherlands has already two test pilots utilizing glow-in-the-dark paint, one for a small stretch of highway and the other illuminating a path in Vincent van Gogh’s home village. That’s just the start too, as there are a practically number of applications for glow-in-the-dark paint that range from safety and art to simply making everyday driving a little easier.
One day, we may even be able to buy a car direct from the manufacturer with a luminescent paint job, bringing our childhood ambitions to fruition.