PRESS RELEASE – Tulip Time ® Festival announces the return of Klompen Garden, a hugely popular public art project which debuted in 2019. Klompen Garden will showcase 20 pairs of artfully designed large ‘wooden’ shoes installed in city parks and tulip beds throughout the downtown Holland area.
Artists living in Ottawa, Allegan, Kent, Muskegon and Kalamazoo counties are invited to submit a design concept and sketch for this one-of-a-kind art project. Submissions will be accepted through an online submission form until October 14, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Of the submitted concepts, 20 will be selected to create the Klompen Garden. Tulip Time will supply each selected artist or group of collaborating artists with a large pair (34” x 12” x 12”) of “wooden” shoes, through which artists are encouraged to bring their concept to life.
Upon completion of the 20 projects, a juror vote and public vote will determine the favorite klompen. Tulip Time has invited John Berry to serve as this year’s Klompen Garden juror. Berry will select one grand prize winner who will be awarded $1,000 at the First Bloem Reception in February. The winning pair will be displayed at Holland Area Arts Council for the duration of the festival.
The public will also have a chance to vote for their favorites of the remaining 19 klompen between May 2 – 19, 2020. The top three public picks will be announced on May 10. Of the public votes, first place will be awarded $500, second place will be awarded $300 and third place will be awarded $200. Visit tuliptime.com/klompen-garden for full entry details and competition information!