Wednesday, August 16, 2017

MosaïCanada

As part of the Canada 150 celebrations the National Capital Region engaged Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal to create an exhibit reflecting Canada’s history and diversity. The end result is a spectacular kilometer-long walk through some stunning horticultural sculpture.

We’d been meaning to visit and finally got around to it today. We were blown away by the artistry and attention to detail – all done in various types of plants, grasses, mosses, and so on to provide the texture and colour the artists desired. It is reported that 3 million plants of 80 different varieties were required to create this magical garden.

problem neighbour Aside from seeing the odd trimmed cedar in a front yard I’d never paid much attention to this art form. Supposedly all the rage in Victorian times it had fallen out of favour but is now making a modest comeback.

It is, understandably, extremely labour intensive and expensive (reported cost – $10 million to put on this particular exhibit of 100+ sculptures) so don’t expect to see this type of exhibit  too often. But if you ever get the chance to visit one, go for it, as these examples were truly beautiful.

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Walls and roof of 'station' covered with mosses.

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Canadian Pacific train crossing the Prairies. Life-sized and all plants.

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Inukshuk and puffins.

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Copy of a famous Orca sculpture by BC’s Bill Reid.

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Inukshuk and polar bear.

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Puffins.

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Muskox.

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Celebration of Canada’s links to China.

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Voyageur.

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Mother Earth. She’s probably 30’ high.

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Not horticultural art but still amazing creations by a British artist (forget her name) who uses driftwood as her medium.

All in all a great way to spend the day. Best of all, it was free. (Worst of all was the $53 parking ticket I got because I misread the sign. The fact that there was actually a free space should have been my first clue. Sigh.)

3 comments:

  1. Beautiful. Mother Nature is my favourite, but the driftwood art is impressive, too. Could it be the art of Heather Jansch?

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    1. Sonja - Could be; that name sounds familiar.

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  2. Amazing photos! Looks like a great trip thanks for the share!

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