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The World Largest Flowers In Art Form
Biannually flowers take on a different art form when they become the world’s largest carpet of flowers in the heart of Brussels.
In 1971 the first Flower Carpet was established in order to promote begonias. Bi-annually since, the elegant and very dramatic main courtyard of Grand Place is brought alive by this huge display of colour.
For just three days and four nights, fans from around the world can parade around the carpet for free, or for just three Euros, they can view the intricate design from above by climbing up to a balcony on the first floor of the Town Hall.
Every time the carpet is produced, it has a different theme. The 2010 pattern was created on a medieval carpet design, in a tribute to the Belgium Presidency of the Council of the European Union, one of the key decision-making bodies within the European Union.
The pattern was based on the Palais de Versailles garden in 2002, complete with fountains. The Tapis de Fleur 1990 reflected the year of Mozart and in 1994 commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the Liberation of Brussels.
Above all other diversity of blooms the begonia is chosen because of its qualities of a rich and wide variety of colours, robustness and resistance to bad weather and strong sunshine. The begonias also guarantee the long life and freshness of the ‘carpet’ over the three day event.
It takes months to create and prepare the design, but just a 1000 volunteers, led by 100 craftsmen, produce the impressive display of floral art in just over 4 hours. The planning begins from up to a year before the display.The flowers are all grown by horticulturalists around the Lochrisiti area, in East Flounders.
To begin with a pierced plastic sheet, with the designated pattern on it, is laid down and the spaces between the floral designs are filled with turf.
One by one, at approximately 300 per square meter, the stems are packed tightly together, directly onto the stone of the courtyard, so the blooms will not be blown away.
The Grand Placewas originally a market square, located in downtown Brussels, Belgium, where each morning you could buy fresh flowers.
Brussels is universally known as the largest producer of begonias, growing 60 million tubers each year. France, the Netherlands, and the U.S.A. are Belgium’s best clients.
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