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Towering Wooden Set Pieces and Combustible Monuments by Manolo Garcia 

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Spanish artist Manolo Garcia constructs towering replicas of renaissance-era sculptures, portraits, animals, and other decorative objects from his expansive workshop in Valencia, Spain. Garcia refers to his practice as ‘artistic carpentry’ and by looking at process photos of the studio’s work, that seems like a fair descriptor. Most of the set pieces, monuments, and sculptures built by Garcia begin with strips of wood that are applied to large architectural armature. The objects are usually so large they are first built in pieces and later assembled on-site.

Last March, Garcia participated in the annual Las Fallas (Fire Festival) in Valencia where a series of large artworks are set on fire at night as part of a Burning Man-esque spectacle. To be fair, the Fallas festivals in their current format pre-date the popular Nevada festival by about 44 years, and may have originated as far back as the Middle Ages.

You can see much more of Garcia’s work in this gallery. (via Juxtapoz, Artnau)

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EJ2BEC Valencia, Spain. 20th Mar, 2015. The municipal falla monument 'la Fuerza' by artist Manolo Garcia goes up in flames during the 'crema' at the end of the Fallas Festival © Matthias Oesterle/ZUMA Wire/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News

EJ2BEC Valencia, Spain. 20th Mar, 2015. The municipal falla monument ‘la Fuerza’ by artist Manolo Garcia goes up in flames during the ‘crema’ at the end of the Fallas Festival © Matthias Oesterle/ZUMA Wire/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News

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EJ2BEC Valencia, Spain. 20th Mar, 2015. The municipal falla monument ‘la Fuerza’ by artist Manolo Garcia goes up in flames during the ‘crema’ at the end of the Fallas Festival © Matthias Oesterle/ZUMA Wire/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News

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The Annual ‘Corso Zundert’ Parade Honors Van Gogh with Monumental Floats Adorned with Flowers 

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Photo by Erwin Martens

Another year, another Corso Zundert (previously), the legendary parade of giant floats adored with thousands of dahlia flowers that twist through the narrow streets of Zundert, Netherlands. This year 19 teams took inspiration from the work of Vincent van Gogh who was born in Zundert 162 years ago. The towering floats borrow colors, motifs, and imagery from van Gogh’s painting including several interpretations of the artist’s self-portraits.

Started in 1936, the parade celebrates the region’s reputation as a global supplier of dahlia flowers, an area now covering 33 hectares (81 acres) of 600,000 dahlia bulbs in fifty different species. The first Corso Zundert parades were modest in size featuring horse-drawn carts or bicycles covered in flowers, but the event has since grown dramatically. The floats now merge more ambitious aspects of contemporary/urban art with traditional parade floats as part of a friendly annual competition. You can see plenty more photos over on BN DeStem.

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Photo by Werner Pellis

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Photo by Malou Evers

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Photos by Joyce van Belkom

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Photo by Malou Evers

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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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Photo © Omroep Brabant

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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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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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Photo © Omroep Brabant

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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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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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