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[An Interpretation of] the Netherlands Coat of Arms Illustrated with Suspended Layers of Cut Paper

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Nearly six months in the making, this superb interpretation of the Netherlands coat of arms was lead by Moldova-based Beauty & the Beast Studio. Illustrator Ivan Belikov rendered the 7-color emblem which was then translated into hundreds of cut fragments that were painstakingly assembled into multiple levels. This is just a glimpse of the final piece, you can see more plus lots of process photos over on Behance.

Update: Many readers have written in to point out this piece only vaguely represents the actual lion appearing on the Netherlands Coat of Arms. We’ve updated the title to reflect this.

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A Solar-Powered Glow-in-the-dark Bike Path by Studio Roosegaarde Inspired by Van Gogh

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This stunning illuminated bike path in Nuenen, Netherlands was just unveiled tonight by Studio Roosegaarde, an innovative social design lab that has risen to prominence for their explorations at the intersection of people, art, public space, and technology; most notably their research with Smart Highways that could potentially charge moving cars or intelligently alert drivers to hazards. The swirling patterns used on the kilometer-long Van Gogh-Roosegaarde Bicycle Path were inspired by painter Vincent van Gogh (who lived in Nuenen from 1883 to 1885), and is lit at night by both special paint that charges in daylight and embedded LEDs that are powered by a nearby solar array. You can read more about the project over on Dezeen.

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Parade Floats Adorned with Thousands of Dahlia Flowers at Corso Zundert 2014

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Tiggelaar with Atlas 2.0 (10th place) / Photo by Malou Evers

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Photo © Omroep Brabant

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Klein-Zundertse Heikant with Horsepower (1st place) / Photo by Werner Pellis

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Klein-Zundertse Heikant with Horsepower (1st place) / Photo by Malou Evers

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Molenstraat with 737 (13th place) / Photo by Malou Evers

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Poteind with Proud (11th place) / Photo by Werner Pellis

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Yes, it’s that time of year again for the world’s largest flower parade, Corso Zundert in the Netherlands! Located in the small town of Zundert at the Belgian border, the annual parade features 20 giant floats created by various districts within the city. To encourage a wide breadth of creativity the parade never has a theme, leaving teams free to design whatever they want as long as the floats fit the within 20 x 10 meters and are completely adorned with dahlia flowers.

This year the parade saw everything from a deconstructed 737 airliner to a guitar-playing cephalopod, with the first place prize awarded to the brawny flexing horse float, Horsepower.

If you want to explore a bit more, there are more photos of the 2014 event courtesy Omroep Brabant, and you can also see our Corso Zundert coverage in 2013 and beyond.

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Delicate Paper Sculptures Suspended in Mid-Air by Peter Gentenaar

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From limitations come creativity. It’s an age-old adage that’s been repeated in almost every industry. And it rings true for the Netherland-based artist Peter Gentenaar, whose billowing paper sculptures were born out of what he couldn’t do with commercial paper. As a printmaker, Gentenaar’s search for a better type of paper led him to an unexpected process of creating his own custom beater that processes and mills long-fiber paper pulp into the material he now uses in his artwork. “My sculptures start as totally 2-dimensional,” says Gentenaar, describing the process in which his organic forms come to life. As the wet pulp dries around the bamboo framework it begins to shrink and curl, “just as a leaf when it drys.”

The resulting sculptures—massive, yet delicate—seem to resemble underwater organisms gracefully floating in water. The pieces are then suspended in mid-air in sprawling spaces like churches. His latest, completed last month, is on display above the main restaurant at Hotel Indigo St. Petersburg. (via My Modern Met)

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Giant Sculptural Floats Covered in Flowers from Corso Zundert 2013

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Bubblegum by Gerard van Erk, Jack Nouws and Brian Boot / Photo © Omroep Brabant

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It Wasn’t Me by Erik van Elsacker, Aart-Jan Borrias and René Jochems / Photo © Omroep Brabant

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Crazy Gold by Steven van Erck and Stefan van Steen / Photo © Niels Braspenning

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Vennus of Milos by Robin Schijfs, Jesse Verheijen and Ton van Beek / Photo © Niels Braspenning

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Spring Chicken by Kees Oomen / Photo © Niels Braspenning

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Tricked by Jos van Aert and Erwin Braspenning / Photo © Niels Braspenning

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Monsters by Sander van Hooydonk, Fedde van Erk and Gijs Leijdekkers / Photo © Niels Braspenning

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Gordel by Roy Verdaesdonck and Niek van den Broek / Photo © Omroep Brabant

It’s the biggest time of year for the small town of Zundert in the Netherlands. Twenty gigantic floats were paraded through the city as part of Corso Zundert (previously), an annual flower parade that sees teams of designers and artisans compete to build the most original sculpture covered almost completely with dahlia flowers.

Several floats appearing in Corso Zundert this year contained moving parts, including the winner, Crazy Gold, that had some 53 moving components. You can see a ranking of this years competitors over on Croso Zundert, videos on YouTube, and many more photos courtesy Omroep Brabant.

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Aerial Photographs of Tulip Fields in the Netherlands by Normann Szkop

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Abstract rainbows of color fill the landscape in these beautiful photos by French photographer Normann Szkop (nsfw-ish) who hopped in a Cesna with pilot Claython Pender to soar above the tulip fields in Anna Paulowna, a town in North Holland. Collectively, the millions of neatly planted flowers create sprawling patterns and designs that tourists flock to witness with their own eyes every season. See the entire 100+ photograph set over on Flickr. (via twisted sifter)

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Towering Sculptures Made of Flowers on Display at Bloemencorso, A Flower Parade in Zundert, Netherlands

Aside from being consistently ranked as one of the best countries to live in on Earth, file this as reason #4,123 to stop by the Netherlands: Bloemencorso, the annual parade of flowers in Zundert. That’s right, every float here is made from natural flowers, specifically dahlias. From twisting architectural structures the size of houses to bizarre animatronic birds and puppets, and even animals made from swooping gestures reminiscent of graffiti, Bloemencorso seems to have a little bit of everything. Despite the relatively small nature of Zundert (a small town north east of Belgium with a population of about 20,000) the variety of and ingenuity of these sculptures seems to know no bounds. I’ve embedded an hour-long video of the entire parade from 2012 above, it’s worth skipping around a bit to see everything, and you can see more videos on the event website and in this gallery. Want to see it in person? You’ll need to wait until next year, the next event happens September 1 and 2 of 2013. (thnx, kjeld!)

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