Emirates Airline has teamed up with Dubai Miracle Garden to build the world’s largest floral installation through a life-size version of the Emirates A380, covered in more than half a million fresh flowers and plants.
In fact, when the aircraft is in full bloom (sounds very weird, we know), it will have a whopping total stem count of 5 million flowers and weigh over 100 tonnes. (In case you’re interested, the take-off weight of an actual A380 is 575 tonnes.)
Here are some interesting facts about this built-to-scale flower plane:
- The flowers and plants were sustainably grown and harvested over a four month period at Dubai Miracle Garden nurseries in the UAE.
- The plane is made with seven types of flowers including Petunia, Coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioides), Marigold (Tagetes), Snapdragon (Antirrhinum), Viola, Geranium (Pelargonium) and Gaillardia (Gaillardia aristata).
- Just to make the Emirates logo over 9,000 flowers and plants were used. 100,000 blossoms form the enormous wings.
- Over 200 gardeners meticulously worked for 10 hours a day for 180 days to build this masterpiece
- A 30 tonne steel structure was used to hold up the flower beds.
- The life-size installation is over 72.93 metres long. The fuselage stands 10.82 metres from the ground and the tail at 24.21 metres from the ground.
- The aircraft structure even includes moving engine fans and other key design features that capture the essence of the original aircraft design.
So there you go, a new botanical wonder has taken root at the heart of the world’s largest natural flower garden.