Each year the Guatemalan city of Antigua celebrates Holy Week with a staggering display for the senses. The citizens lay out across the cobblestone canvases, "alfombras" or carpets as artistic offerings for the religious processions to trample across. Typically made of dyed sawdust, the alfombras can contain just about anything--pine needles, flowers, vegetables, fruits, even eggs! Though it may take several hours to sculpt, the carpets' only purpose is to submit underfoot as the processions pass through the city's streets and thus are destroyed in minutes.
Part II will feature the processions themselves, and what remains of the alfombras.