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Blooming massive Flower Carpet unveiled in Brussels' Grand Place

A huge floral display known as the Flower Carpet has been unveiled on the Grand Place  in Brussels.

Flower Carpet, Grand Place, Brussels.
Flower Carpet, Grand Place, Brussels. Image by Wim Vanmaele

Measuring 75m by 24m, the piece was designed by Japanese artist Fuji Suzuki to celebrate 150 years of diplomatic ties between Belgium and Japan and includes images of Koi carp, a crane in mid-flight and cherry blossoms.

Grand Place, Brussels
Grand Place, Brussels Image by Wim Vanmaele

The Flower Carpet will be open to the public from 13-15 August between 10am to 10pm with a sound and light show taking place each evening. Tickets are priced at €5 and children under 10 are admitted for free.

Peace logo on the Flower Carpet, Grand Place, Brussels.
Peace logo on the Flower Carpet, Grand Place, Brussels. Image by Wim Vanmaele

It took more than 100 volunteers eight hours to create the 20th edition of the biennial floral display, which is made from 600,000 tuberous begonia flowers as well as dahlias, grasses and dyed bark. The majority of the flowers came from northern Belgium.

Volunteers at work on the Flower Carpet
Volunteers at work on the Flower Carpet Image by Wim Vanmaele

Speaking with Reuters, designer Fuji Suzuki said, “The patterns and symbols of the flower carpet express happiness and peace.”

The Grand Place is a marvellous 15th-century square that is surrounded by ornate guildhalls with gilded statues and baroque gables.

Volunteers help prepare the Flower Carpet at Grand Place, Brussels.
Volunteers help prepare the Flower Carpet at Grand Place, Brussels. Image by Wim Vanmaele

The first ever Flower Carpet was laid by landscape architect Etienne Stautemas in 1971.