Can you believe these carpets are made of fresh flowers?
Brussels has been creating these one-of-a-kind floral carpets since 1971.
Rona's post, "Brussel's Flower Carpet: The New 2012 Design Opens Tonight" over on her blog, Flowerona reminded me about this major floral event in Belgium.
The flower carpet this year celebrates the culture of Africa. The Visit Brussels website describes the flower carpet design as:
"An extraordinary tapestryof shimmering patterns recalling designs from the tribes of Ethiopia, Congo, Nigeria, Botswana and Cameroon, a harmonious fusion which will carry you away for a magnificent trip."
600,000 begonias were used to create the 2012 African flower carpet in Brussels.
The Brussel's Flower Carpet exhibit is held at The Grand-Place of Brussels. Balconies allow for an aerial view of this floral creation.
The flower carpets are inspired by actual carpet designs. The planning takes at least one year.
Composed mostly of begonias, due to their hardiness, range of colors and ability to withstand bright sunlight, the flower carpet is on exbit for 5 days.
It takes a village to create these amazing masterpieces. Landscape architects, technicians, color specialists and a host of volunteers work together to make the magic happen.
Click on the link below each image to learn more about the Brussels' Flower Carpet exhibits for the past 10 years.
People from all over the world come to be amazed by these glorious works of art.
E. Stautemans, who graduated from Ghent Horticultural college had been experimenting with making small and simple floral carpets since the early 1950's. He began to realize that theses works of art could promote his beloved begonias. Read more about the history of flower carpets here.
There;s an amazing attention to detail in the production of these flower carpets. Vivid colors and intricate patterns make these floral carpets, well sing.
See people working on the 2012 Brussels Flower Carpet up close and personal here.
It took 120 volunteers nearly four hours to create the floral carpet. See a video by the BBC entitled "Brussels Flower Carpet Gets African Theme" here.
Where would be a good place in your city to have a flower carpet on display?