Tulip Time Announces Klompen Garden

Tulip Time Festival ( announces Klompen Garden, a public art project celebrating the 90th Tulip Time Festival. Klompen Garden will showcase 45 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 January 11, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST. Of the submitted concepts, 45 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”L x 12”W x 12”H) of ‘wooden’ shoes, through which artists are encouraged to bring their concept to life.

Upon completion of the 45 projects, a juror vote and public vote will determine the favorite klompen. The juror’s pick will be awarded a grand prize of $1,000 and will be announced at an artist reception to be held in April. The public will also have a chance to vote for their favorites of the remaining 44 klompen between May 1 – 11, 2019. The top three public picks will be announced on May 12. Of the public votes, first place will be awarded $500, second place will be awarded $300 and third place will be awarded $200. Visit for full entry details and competition information!

Not an artist, but interested in supporting this public art project at the 90th Tulip Time Festival? Businesses, organizations and individuals can support Klompen Garden for a donation of $1,000. Donors will receive recognition on Klompen Garden collateral and will take home a pair of completed klompen after the festival.

For additional details, contact Elizabeth Wallace at or 616.396.4221 x104. Follow this project now through the festival by using #klompengarden!

Join the dance as we “paint the town orange” at Tulip Time’s 90th Anniversary celebration May 4-12, 2019. Detailed program and event information for Tulip Time 2019 is available on Tickets for all shows can be purchased online at, in person at the Tulip Time Festival Box Office located at 42 West 8th Street, Holland, Michigan, or by phone at 800-822-2770.