2019 Klompen Garden


Tulip Time is pleased to announce 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 are no longer being accepted. 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.

The prospectus contains full entry details and competition information - download it at the link below. For additional details, contact Elizabeth Wallace at elizabeth@tuliptime.com or 616-396-4221 x104. Follow this project on social media now through the festival by using #klompengarden! 

Download Shoe Templates

Download the Prospectus

The submission process is now closed.


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.