I was able to visit MosaiCanada 150 in Gatineau, Quebec, last week and it was spectacular! Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal, which has presented similar exhibitions all over the world since 2000, has really mastered the fundamentals of 3-D gardening and the quality of this year’s presentations is truly exceptional.
What Is Mosaiculture?
Mosaiculture is a horticultural art that involves creating and mounting living artworks made primarily from plants with colorful foliage. You’ll sometimes see two dimensional mosaics (carpet bedding) in front of prestigious buildings with the company’s name written in live plants, but the specialty of MosaiCanada 150 is three-dimensional mosaics, as seen in Gatineau, in which the displays are living sculptures. Each sculpture, filled with soil and wrapped in landscape cloth, is covered with thousands of small plants that are subsequently watered, pruned and pampered to maintain the desired multicolor effect throughout the summer.
The Important Details
MosaïCanada 150 is part of the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. The exhibition takes place in Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau, Quebec, just across the Ottawa River from Canada’s capital: Ottawa, Ontario. Admission is free and the exhibition is open daily from 10 am to 7 pm from June 30 to October 15, 2017.
If you play to travel to Ottawa/Gatineau, it’s within driving distance of most Eastern Canadian and Northeastern US cities. There is train and bus service while the Ottawa Airport offers direct flights to and from many Canadian and American cities.
Remember, you have until October 15 to see the show. It won’t be back again next year!
For information: 1-819-360-6336.
What Happens to the Sculptures After the Show?
Have you ever wondered what happens to mosaic displays after a mosaiculture exhibition show is over?
Three-dimensional mosaics are generally designed as temporary presentations, but can be maintained and replanted for many years.
In this case, those that represent Canada’s nine provinces and three territories will be given to the host province/territory where they’ll be maintained and placed on public view.
The structures of some sculptures will be stored for future shows. (Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal is keeping mum about future plans.) Other sculptures will simply be destroyed.
All the more reasons to get to Gatineau before October 15!
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