Living Plant Sculptures Back in Gatineau, Quebec

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Yes, these horses are all made of living plants. Source: Michel Julien

Last summer was Canada’s 150th anniversary and was celebrated across the country. One of the most intriguing and spectacular events was MosaiCanada 150, held in Gatineau, Quebec, just across the river from Canada’s capital, Ottawa. This was a show of mosaiculture (3-D gardening), put on by Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal, and it was well worth a special trip! However, if you missed it, the good news is that it’s back for 2018, under the name Mosaiculture Gatineau 2018 and with 10 new mosaic sculptures. That means there are now 45 sculptures using more than 5.5 million plants!

Scenes From Mosaiculture Gatineau

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There is an entire mosaiculture train! Source: Michel Julien

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The Tree of Birds features 56 species of endangered birds. It’s undoubtedly the most spectacular display of the show. Source: laidbackgardener.com

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A gigantic snowy owl appears to be landing in the park. Source: laidbackgardener.blog

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The plant-covered ballerina is actually turning to the music. Apparently, this is the first mobile mosaic sculpture in the world. Source: laidbackgardener.blog

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Canadian icon Anne of Green Gables awaits at the train station for a new start on life. Source: Michel Julien

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Of course, it’s Canada, so there has to be hockey! Source: Michel Julien

What Is Mosaiculture?

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Giving a living sculpture a bit of a hair cut. Source: Laidbackgardener.blog

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 Mosaiculture Gatineau 2018 is three-dimensional mosaics in which the displays are living sculptures. Each sculpture, filled with soil and wrapped in landscape fabric, 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

The Mosaiculture Gatineau 2018 exhibition is already underway, having opened on June 22, 2018. It takes place in Jacques-Cartier Park, 164 Laurier Street, Gatineau, Quebec. The exhibition is open daily from 10 am to dusk, rain or shine, from June 30 to October 15, 2018.

General admission is $20, with special rates for seniors, students and families. It’s free for children 5 and under.

There are meals, drinks and snacks on site, but they’re pricey. I suggest bringing a picnic lunch.

Getting There

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Source: www.ottawakiosk.com

If you plan to travel to Ottawa/Gatineau, it’s within driving distance of most Eastern Canadian and Northeastern US cities. Train and bus service is available and the Ottawa Airport offers direct flights to and from many Canadian and American cities.

For information: 1-819-360-6336.

Email: info@mosaiculture.ca

Website: mosaiculture.ca

MosaïCanada 150: Don’t Miss It!

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Mother Earth, one of the largest and most inventive mosaic sculptures, has become the symbol of Mosaïcultures internationales and is presented in each of its international shows. All but one of the others are entirely new.

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?

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Giving a living sculpture a bit of a hair cut.

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.

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The visit begins with a train station … and yes, those are plants you see on its walls, roof and even chimney! This display is called “A Ticket to Canada” and invites you to visit further.

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All Aboard is the name of this display, a train and its wagons all made of living plants inviting you to visit Canada.

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You’re in Canada, so you should expect to see a Mountie!

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Each of Canada’s provinces and territories has its own mosaic. This one, called The Lobster Fisherman, represents Nova Scotia.

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Quebec is represented by Three Ships from France.

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Manitoba is famous for its polar bears, so…

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A reminder of the Klondike for Yukon Territory.

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These muskoxen, representing the Northwest Territories, almost seem alive… Well, actually they are, but with plants!

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MosaïCanada 150 is a less international exposition than previous ones held in Canada. Only China is present, wishing Canada luck, here with Blessing of the Good Omen Dragons, offered by Beijing.

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Shanghai too celebrates Canada’s anniversary with Joyful Celebration of the Nine Lions.

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Another part of  the Joyful Celebration of the Nine Lions.

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The Voyageur, in his canoe, represents Canada’s long association with fur trading.

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You’re in Canada, so you have to expect hockey! This one is called The Winning Goal.

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A few horses on the loose in the Mother Earth display. Yes, the manes and tails, not to mention the fur, are made up of live plants!

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.

20170723Q.gifIf 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.

Email: info@mosaicanada.ca.

Website: www.gatineau2017.ca/mosaicanada-150gatineau-2017/

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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