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Along the passages they come and go,
Impalpable impressions on the air,
A sense of something moving to and fro.
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2016 Flower carpet in Brussels.

aprilapril ModeratorPosts: 10,199 mod
edited August 2016 in Archived News 2016


This weekend people can admire the 2016 Flower Carpet in Brussels.
The carpet is 75m long by 24m wide and consists of over 600,000 begonias and dahlias.

The theme this year is Japan and this is the original picture which is used to create this carpet::




BTW, @Lynne, the first picture must be taken by a panoramic camera, right? (from the Kitely session today :) )


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  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,502 mod
    Wow, this is amazing @april.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,199 mod
    I'm just not sure that we can see the whole design when we stand nearby.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,502 mod
    You need a bird's eye view @april, like the top photo shows. Are members of the public allowed up in the building around the main square?
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,839 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2016
    In Japan, crane is the symbol of longevity and good luck, similarly in China.

    Cherry blossoms, aka sakura, are a symbolic flower of the spring, a time of revival or
    rebirth, and the fleeting nature of life.
    They're also its national flower.

    Pine tree, matsu in Japanese, symbolizes longevity, staunchness and wisdom in age.

    As for koi fish, known as swimming upstream, it indicates the spirit of overcoming the difficulties.

    Because of bamboo's sturdy root structure, it's a token of profitability, wealth and good life.
    That's why they commonly appear in Japanese allegories.

    In addition, the circle in the middle is kamon, like an emblem, if I may say so. It refers the summit of an idea
    or a theme.

    The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (The bamboo-cutter and the moon child)
  • fayezkareemfayezkareem Posts: 23 ✭✭
    @april What a nice carpet !!
    It`s the most awesome painting i`ve ever seen :o
    Do you have a small one suitable for my apartment :)
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,502 mod
    You'd have to keep it well watered @fayezkareem!
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,199 mod
    mheredge said:

    You need a bird's eye view @april, like the top photo shows. Are members of the public allowed up in the building around the main square?

    Around the square are museums, restaurants and also the City Hall, so it's possible to watch this art from above.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,199 mod
    Thank you for the information, @Shiny03 .
  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 6,473 mod
    @april I am impressed. Did you work with? I mean they wouldnˋt have much time to work on this picture because the flowers will die as soon as they are picked. Each hand will be needed. Am I right?
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,199 mod
    There were a lot of volunteers , @Hermine .
    Even tourists.
    They managed to finish it in less than 4 hours.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,502 mod
    Are people keeping it watered @april?
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,199 mod
    @mheredge

    Apparently Begonia flowers can stay good without water for four days, @mheredge .
    So it was not necessary to water them for the weekend.
    Interesting fact, don't you think?
  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 6,473 mod
    @april, what had Brussel to celebrate? Sorry I forgott.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,502 mod
    Are all the flowers cut flowers @april or in soil? I suppose if cut, they won't be expected to last more than a few days.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,061 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    How is Begonia different from roses?
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,502 mod
    Begonias don't have thorns @Bubbly. I like begonias more than roses!


  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,199 mod
    mheredge said:

    Are all the flowers cut flowers @april or in soil? I suppose if cut, they won't be expected to last more than a few days.

    Yes the are cut flowers. They are tied to each other by special glue to keep them at place.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,199 mod
    Hermine said:

    @april, what had Brussel to celebrate? Sorry I forgott.

    We do this event every two years, @Hermine .
    To welcome the summer :) .
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,061 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge it is so beautiful picture. I wil check it in the plants nursery that I sometimes visit.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,502 mod
    Welcome the summer @april? Surely August is a bit late to be welcoming in the summer! Summer is finished in a few weeks.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,199 mod
    A late summer maybe? :D
    Anyway it takes place always in the weekend of The Assumption of Virgin Mary into Heaven, which is on 15 August.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,502 mod
    I don't think it has any especial meaning @april, other than a beautiful idea. According to the web, the first flower carpet was created in 1971. It was the work of the landscape architect E. Stautemans who was inspired by other carpets created elsewhere in various Flemish cities.
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,522 mod
    edited September 2016
    You need a drone April, to get a bird's eye view.

    FYI - I posted this in August, but it ended up in drafts. Grrr.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 5,527 mod
    Oh wow that is stunning. I wish that something like that would be designed in our country, but unfortunately I think that people would try to spoil it and ruin it if we even tried.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,502 mod
    Is it necessary to get special permission to use personal drones (do they exist)? It seems some Russian 'tourists' were arrested a few weeks ago and I think extradited from Nepal for flying their own drone. Maybe they were spies!
  • NazerkeNazerke Posts: 80 ✭✭
    It's so beautiful) Interestingly, how many time they spent, to create this beauty?
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,199 mod
    They managed to finish it in less than 4 hours, @Nazerke .
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,502 mod
    I'm thinking about what kind of plants I can plant in the garden that is around the building where I am in Nice @april. It is fairly shady, but I'd quite like to add a bit of colour. Now however, isn't the best time of year to plant new things and I might just have to wait till the spring.
  • NazerkeNazerke Posts: 80 ✭✭
    @april They very quickly did it.
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