I’ve been looking forward to the Mosaiculture exhibit in Gatineau, Quebec since January. After a busy summer, I finally got to see it, just a week before it ends, and boy am I glad I did. MOSAICANADA150 is a tremendous display and a wonderful means of commemorating Canada’s 150th birthday.
In all, there were 33 sculptures made out of plants (i.e. Mosaiculture), representing Canada’s 10 provinces and 3 territories, along with First Nations peoples and a couple sculptures celebrating horticultural friendship with Shanghai and Beijing (I’ve seen other Mosaiculture exhibits and China is always well represented–their gardeners take this craft seriously). The exhibit was in Jacques Cartier Park, in Gatineau, Quebec, just across the river from Ottawa, Ontario.
I spent a little over two hours walking through MOSAICANADA150 and took many, many photos. In this post I’ll show you some of the sculptures I consider the most interesting to look at. In my next post I’ll share more of the horticultural angle, and show you how the sculptures are created and talk about some of the interesting ways they used some very common plants.
So, let me show you some of the funky things that the Mosaiculture artists/gardeners created:
Amazing! But speaking of faces, the exhibit most designed to wow was the Mother Earth sculpture. Here’s her face, in close-up
Now, for those exhibits from Shanghai and Beijing:
There were more sculptures than this, of course, but those are my highlights. MOSAICANADA150 is on until October 15, 2017 so there is still a small window of opportunity to see them if you haven’t yet.
I haven’t seen anything detailed recently, but the original government announcement about this exhibit said that works representing each province and territory presented at Jacques-Cartier Park in 2017 will be installed in the 150th anniversary location in 2018–by that, I take it to mean that the exhibits will go to the provinces they represent (“The Prospector” will be heading to the Yukon, Anne of Green Gables will be displayed in Prince Edward Island, etc.). If I learn more, I will update this post.