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article image120,000 people admired the Flower Carpet in Brussels Special

By Carmen Paun     Aug 17, 2010 in Travel
Brussels - Approximately 120,000 people admired the Flower Carpet laid over in the main square of Brussels, Belgium on August 13-15. A trademark of the Belgian Capital, the Carpet celebrated the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Around 800,000 begonias formed a Flower Carpet stretching over 2,000 square meters in Grande Place, the historical main square of Brussels. Twelve fountains were installed in the middle of the Carpet. The design of the Flower Carpet, which featured symbols of Belgium and its capital, also included the official logo of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU. It was designed by Antoine Durieux, a 23 years-old Belgian designer.
The Carpet is displayed every two years in Brussels, and it has a different model every time. The preparations often start one year in advance. The organizers say that the flowers are packed together one by one so tightly that they will not be blown away by the wind; and they get to create their own microclimate. However, the flowers are thrown away after the carpet is disassembled.
The budget of this year’s Flower Carpet amounted to 150,000 euros. It was provided by the City of Brussels, the Brussels Capitol Region, and the Belgian Presidency, organizers say.
“This is the third Flower Carpet I have seen," said Alice Radu, a Romanian citizen residing in Brussels. ”I think this is the nicest one, since the organizers have added a nice show with lights and sounds to it this year”. Asked if she considers the Flower Carpet to be worth 150,000 euros, Ms. Radu believes it is worth the money since it is a touristic symbol of Brussels. Although she was aware that the Carpet was connected this year to the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU, she says she did not notice the official logo of the Presidency.
The first Flower Carpet was created and displayed in 1971. Since then, 17 flower carpets have been laid over in Grande Place, including the one in 2010.
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