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Giant Sculptural Floats Covered in Flowers from Corso Zundert 2013

September 3, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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

November 8, 2012

Christopher Jobson

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!)