Zundert Bloemencorso (2017)

 "Chased Away" by team Laarheide. Designers: Brian Boot & Joeri Huijbregts.

"Chased Away" by team Laarheide. Designers: Brian Boot & Joeri Huijbregts.

Now in it's 81st year, the Zundert Bloemencorso is the oldest and most elaborate flower competition of its kind. 2017 marks the fifth occasion in which I've had the opportunity to participate in the building of a large dahlia sculpture. Neighbourhood team Laarheide's entry this year was entitled "Chased Away" and it ranked in seventh place.

Survival is imperative for the large gorilla attempting to escape the destructive path of a habitat destroying forest fire. This animated flower sculpture is executed to initially appear as billows of smoke from which a gorilla's head emerges and transforms out of the plume. Additional effects of smoke and burnt trees added to the overall ambience and impression.

The above image titled "Final Inspection" placed seventh in the 2017 fotowedstrijd Corso Zundert photography competition.

 "Carried on a Pedestal" by team Schijf. Designers: Huub van Caam, Sander van Hooydonk, & Maikel van de Korput.

"Carried on a Pedestal" by team Schijf. Designers: Huub van Caam, Sander van Hooydonk, & Maikel van de Korput.

The 2017 overall winner was "Carried on a Pedestal" constructed by neighbourhood team Schijf. Over one hundred animators dressed as tribesmen carried the large reclining Emperor throughout the streets of Zundert. The Emperor's head turns from side to side as his eyeballs open and close to sneak a glimpse of the audience. During the emperor's grand procession the tribesmen beat their drums while chanting. It was also awarded the first Public's Prize.

 "Under Attack" by team Helpt Elkander. Designer: Louisa Joosen

"Under Attack" by team Helpt Elkander. Designer: Louisa Joosen

The colourful and emotional subject matter of "Under Attack" was created by team Helpt Elkander. The large sad faces of refugees peer out from behind barb wired fencing and screened glass. Led by masses of refugee animators walking with the few belongings they have in the street ahead; it was awarded second place also second Public's Prize.