Thursday, August 24, 2017

Botanic Masterpieces

Carrying on with the series from MosaiCanada. British Columbia is represented by Chief Of The Undersea World, a floral take on Bill Reid's Killer Whale sculpture that resides in the nearby Canadian Museum of History.


Newfoundland and Labrador are represented in this sculpture, Two Puffins; the birds are the official bird of the province.


This sculpture, The Polar Bear, represents Manitoba, where the town of Churchill, on the shore of Hudson Bay, is renowned as a hub for the great bear.


A Story Of The Northern Lights: Howling Wolf is the title of this work. The wolf is at the base of an inukshuk, while the northern lights play out above on what is usually stone, but is now horticulture.


The Prospector represents the Yukon, a nod back to the days of the Klondike Gold Rush.


The Muskoxen sculptures represent the Northwest Territories. These exceptional animals make their homes in the far north.


This represents Nunavut. The Drum Dancer reflects the long tradition among Inuits of using the drum as part of cultural activity and storytelling throughout the year.


There are also two large sculptures here in a second thematic area, done on behalf of two Chinese cities. Beijing artists designed Blessing Of The Good Omen Dragons.


Shanghai artists were behind the design for Joyful Celebration Of Nine Lions.

37 comments:

  1. That is some incredibly skilful work

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  2. Amazing sculptures all cut out of nature!

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  3. ...what a creative place, thanks for showing these!

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  4. Today's offerings are cute and playful. Hudson Bay was an answer on Jeopardy last night. If I remember correctly it's volume is larger than the 5 Great Lakes combined.

    Janis
    GDP

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  5. I guess volume would be greater (as opposed to larger)...

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  6. Keeping those sculptures trim and in shape must be a full-time job.

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  7. Hello, these are all amazing sculptures. I love the PUffin. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

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  8. love the dragons, the yaks, the 1st critters reminds me of Beetlejuice ... there is a fish or something in that movie ... kind of reminds of it? wild times. so cool!! very creative. ( ;

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  9. Oh my gosh William they just get better and better! I would absolutely hate to have to pick a winner, they are all fabulous!

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  10. @Bill: it is!

    @Marleen: I agree.

    @Marianne: they are quite something to see.

    @Tom: you're welcome.

    @Janis: it is enormous.

    @Kate: they do have people tending them regularly, which includes watering.

    @Eileen: puffins seem so whimsical.

    @Beth: thank you!

    @Grace: I knew people would go for these.

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  11. Beautiful sculptures! So creative!

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  12. I like them all, especially those puffins.

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  13. These are very attractive and would certainly get me to go out and see them.

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  14. Love the dragons and the parrots especially!

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  15. I was about to say that the puffins were my favorite but then I scrolled down to the dragons. Wow, fantastic.

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  16. @Nancy: these are a delight.

    @Lois: they're quite a pair.

    @Red: the event is quite popular.

    @Halcyon: this place has become quite a wonderland.

    @Sharon: it's incredible work to come and behold.

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  17. I couldn't pick a favorite out of this bunch! Fabulous!

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  18. Amazing pieces, the scale is fantastic.

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  19. I think the muskoxen are my favorite.

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  20. These are amazing! Each one made me say, Wow!

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  21. @Jennifer: it's quite imaginative!

    @RedPat: it's hard to choose!

    @Maywyn: the puffins are the smallest of the entire series, but even them, they're bigger than they are in real life!

    @Revrunner: I'd love to see the real ones in the north someday.

    @Christine: it's been an amazing project to take in.

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  22. No favorites here, I love them all. What talented and creative artists, such beauty in all of the displays. Wonderful photos William!

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  23. They're all beautiful, but I love the birds!

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  24. We have been away for a few days, William, so catching up on past posts today. All of these living sculptures are amazing. I was wondering what will happen when the celebration has ended...will they be disassembled?

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  25. Fantastic, fabulous, any such words are inadequate!

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  26. Very beautiful and creative! Thank you so much for sharing, William.

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  27. Those botanical sculptures are remarkable! We saw the Chief of the Undersea World bronze original outside the Vancouver Aquqrium.

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  28. Extraordinary sculptures, masterpieces indeed!

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  29. Wow, these are very cool. The one panning for cold looks HUGE.

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  30. @Bill: thank you!

    @Norma: they look like real characters.

    @Beatrice: yes, after the event ends in mid-October, there'll be a gradual taking apart of all this. I've heard rumours about bringing it back, but that may just be rumours at this point.

    @Mari: it's a marvelous thing to take in.

    @Linda: you're welcome!

    @Furry Gnome: that's where it is! The plaster version is the one in the Museum of History.

    @Denise: they certainly are.

    @Whisk: it is!

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  31. A lot of effort was put into these sculptures. They are beautiful.

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  32. All wonderful, but particularly glad I received the good luck from those energetic dragons!

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  33. I'm really enjoying this series William. The work is so skilful, amazing looking sculptures.

    All the best Jan

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  34. I went to Butchart Gardens last week and came away thinking it couldn't be topped. I have to think again. This is really extraordinary.

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  35. @Klara: they certainly are.

    @Cloudia: thank you!

    @Jan: they did beautifully on these.

    @Kay: this is a magical wonderland.

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