Lonely Planet Writer

See a gorgeous map of the world made entirely of flowers at London's Heathrow Airport

If you’re on a trip through London’s Heathrow Airport, it may be time to pause and take a journey around the world by indulging in each country’s favourite scent. A new art installation at Terminal 5 features a map of the world created entirely in flowers.

A giant floral map of the world is unveiled at Heathrow to celebrate the airport’s new global fragrance report. The map is 11 ft. by 18ft and uses around 2,000 fresh flower stems and showcases the most popular scents by country en vogue right now, as well as celebrating the new season fragrances.
A giant London Heathrow flower map of the world is unveiled at Heathrow to celebrate the airport’s new global fragrance report.  Image by Heathrow/BBZ/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

A map was created by florist Larry Walshe using about 2,000 fresh flowers, as well as other fragrant pieces like amber and sandalwood, to create a living artwork that will be in the terminal until 24 September. As the airport sells around 2.6 million bottles of perfume a year, the 11 x 18-foot piece is there to celebrate the new season of fragrances.

The floral map.
The London Heathrow flower map. Image by London Heathrow Airport

Each country in the map is depicted with a scent that is featured in the most popular fragrances of that country. For Brits, there are roses, for the US and Mexico there is lavender and orange blossoms, while in India there is mint and mandarin. According to Heathrow, the most popular scents around the world are jasmine (28%), lavender (27%) rose (24%), vanilla (20%) and sandalwood (19%).

A giant floral map of the world is unveiled at Heathrow to celebrate the airport’s new global fragrance report. The map is 11 ft. by 18ft and uses around 2,000 fresh flower stems and showcases the most popular scents by country en vogue right now, as well as celebrating the new season fragrances.
London Heathrow flower art exhibit celebrates the airport’s new global fragrance report. Image by London Heathrow/BBZ/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

Along with the art installation, there will also be a limited edition gift wrap at World Duty Free for passengers who buy a fragrance in the month of September.