Giant tulips welcome spring to Broadgate

By Matthew Bates Tuesday 19 February 2013 Updated: 20/02 16:34

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Buy photos » Coventry Council workers David Pails, Kieron Pennie, Cathy Clapinson, Lisa West, and Carl Bainbridge take time out in their lunch break to look at the giant tulips in the Broadgate. Picture by Jon Mullis 08.013.024.cov.jm5 (www.buyphotos247.com)

GIANT tulips have welcomed spring to the city centre.

This week's sunny weather was met with thirty of the illuminated flowers in Broadgate.

They were planted in the square for a week on Sunday after an arts company provided the wacky structures. They will be lit day and night with extra seating provided under the petals for city shoppers.

Visitors have already been seen checking out the tulips, with many taking to social media websites to give the idea - and the city council - their approval.

Arts firm Jigantics, run by James Cochrane, provided the flowers. The company ploughs many of the company’s funds back into running community projects based around the creative arts internationally, including projects in Cambodia and Zambia.

Leader of the council John Mutton said: "I think the flowers really catch the eye and they will bring some spring-time cheer and vibrancy to the city centre following the colder, damper weather of the last few months.

"They certainly add some colour and warmth and will hopefully capture the imagination of visitors into Broadgate."

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Buy photos» The giant tulips will be in Broadgate until Sunday. Picture by Jon Mullis 08.013.024.cov.jm4 (www.buyphotos247.com)

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Buy photos» Visitors to Broadgate take photos of the colourful art pieces. Picture by Jon Mullis 08.013.024.cov.jm3 (www.buyphotos247.com)

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Buy photos» Lady Godiva looks on in the background at the Broadgate tulips. Picture by Jon Mullis 08.013.024.cov.jm2 (www.buyphotos247.com)

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