Thursday, 16 August 2012 10:45 AM
Nearly 600.000 flowers have been used to create an African-inspired flower carpet in Brussels’ main square – the Grand-Place.
An extraordinary tapestry of vibrant patterns recalling designs from the tribes of Ethiopia, Congo, Nigeria, Botswana, and Cameroon, the flower carpet transports visitors to Africa.
To produce the African patterns, the ‘life-size’ design of the carpet was created using a transparent, micro-perforated plastic sheet, in which colourful begonias were then weaved into by 120 volunteers.
The carpet is a traditional event for the Belgian capital, being created every two years, each time reflecting a different theme.
This year, visitors can catch a panoramic aerial view of it from the City Hall balcony. For this occasion, it will be adorned with thousands of anthuriums, or "flamingo flowers" that have come from all over the world and in particular, from South America, to emblazon the lace of the façade and balustrade.
The Flower Carpet will exist for five days, until August 19th.
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