A Gigantic Carpet in Brussels Made From 750,000 Begonias

Every two years in August, the Grand Palace in Belgium gets a stunning carpet of flowers. This year the central square was covered in around 750,000 begonias creating a stunningly bright display inspired by the Turkish Kilim and designed to honor the approximately 220 thousand Turks who came to Brussels half a century ago.

Illustrations Filling the Sky Between Buildings

When you look up at the sky and think of art, you might think of skywriting airplanes or animals made out of clouds, but French illustrator Thomas Lamadieu is giving “sky art” a whole new look. The photographer has recently been capturing the view above in tiny courtyards around Germany, Belgium and France, and then using the building framed sky as the canvas for his whimsically hemmed in characters.

Architecture from the Fantastic World of the Future

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If you live in almost any city around the world for very long, you’re bound to see a new skyscraper fill the skyline, slowly rising to impressive heights by the methodical assembly of cranes perched on its peak. Architectural firms are now so adept at creating these massive structures that even complex examples like London’s new Shard can seem to spring up overnight, surprising you one day as you round a familiar corner and glance skyward. In a way, our modern world isn’t that far from the towering worlds we have here, imagined by the Belgian master of comic art, François Schuiten.

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Illustrating Landscapes for Happy People

It’s no secret that here at Visual News we are real suckers for maps and clever illustrations, so when we found these designs by Belgium based design studio Khuan + Ktron we were floored. Each of their designs, whether representing some real location or a conceptual idea, playfully illustrates a world of large landmarks, curving roads, and happy people.

Tiny Landscapes in the Big, Big World

Taking over a city near you, is Slinkachu! This seasoned installation artist has been “abandoning little people on streets since 2006,” creating scenes that from a close perspective appear to be full sized scenes, but from a distance turn out to be minuscule sculptures cleverly interacting with the urban environment. In this UK based artists works, puddles become lakes for fishing, painted lines on pavement become snowy fields, and deer inspect huge cigarette butts. Not everything is to scale, but that’s the point.

Modifying Social Behavior With Wild Benches

Public space is a funny thing. People mostly seem to be avoiding each other or trying to make some form of meaningful contact… often, paradoxically, at the same time. The park bench is a perfect example of this — one person sits down and for the most part, that is now their bench. But what if benches were loads of fun to be around and on? Enter the amusing, interactive seating of Jeppe Hein.

Pencil vs. Camera: The Surreal Works of Ben Heine

Ben Heine sketches new realities for our eyes, taking a photograph with a piece of paper in it, and then adding a sketch using only his own vivid imagination. He says he got the idea while writing a letter and watching TV one night. As he finished, he held up the paper and saw the TV in transparency through it. What if that effect could be combined in one image, he though? Here are captivating new works from his surreal Pencil vs. Camera series.

The photo below features Stromae, a Belgian-Rwandan singer who became famous for the number one song in 12 European countries. It was taken in Brussels, Belgium.
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