Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Living Sculptures

MosaiCanada is an event currently underway within Jacques Cartier Park on the Gatineau side of the Ottawa River. The event opened for Canada Day and will carry on until mid-October. This has been done in Montreal, and it's been done here for the big anniversary year this year. MosaiCanada is a collection of living art- mosaics consisting of plants placed into frames, surrounded by flowers and more plants, creating a fantastic result throughout the park in a number of themes. The concept is called mosaiculture, and I have previously shown some of the preparations for the event, here and here. The grounds are tended to by workers- I noticed a couple of instances during my tour when workers were amid the sculptures and plants. The entry to the site comes through this station house- which is the first example, its walls covered with plants. 

It stands across from a steam train- a full frame covered over with plants.

The first theme is A Journey Across Canada, taking in sculptures of the provinces and territories. Before stepping into it, we're met by a sculpture evoking a young precocious girl of Canadian literature, waiting for her ride to arrive at the station. This is an oversized Anne Shirley... as in Anne of Green Gables. The sculpture is titled More Scope For The Imagination.

Here we have an arrangement representing Alberta, titled The Wild Rose. This rose is emblematic of the province, and has been recreated here in a much larger floral form.

This view looks beyond at what's to come.

This contribution comes from the Royal Canadian Mint, and is titled Proudly Canadian.

Representing Saskatchewan, this is titled Royal Canadian Mounted Police Horse And Rider.

Red Foxes is the title of this sculpture representing Prince Edward Island.

This one, which we'll get more of a look at tomorrow, is for Nova Scotia, depicting the long tradition of the lobster fisherman.


  1. This is really fabulous! Such interesting and wonderful displays...I'm looking forward to more. Thanks, William!

  2. I'd love to see this in person but thanks for showing us these fantastic pieces! I am a great Ann fan!

  3. Hello, love the garden and sculptures. Fantastic displays. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

  4. Green fingers! Very clever display William, my fav is the red/green fox!

  5. Beautiful floral decorations, William !

  6. you had me at the train. but the I see Anne of Green Gable (Anne Shirley) as a topiary, so so cool. & a fox. nice!! very creative! ( ;

  7. Wonderful topiary displays! Gardeners are artists too!

  8. I could tell that was Anne Shirley by the red pigtails! Beautiful photos.

  9. @Kay: you're welcome!

    @Stefan: it is!

    @Christine: definitely with an E!

    @Tom: it is quite a concept.

    @Eileen: thank you!

    @Grace: the foxes are quite a pair.

    @Karl: it's quite a wonderland.

    @Janey: they certainly are.

    @Beth: there's a lot going on in this place, and it's very popular.

    @Halcyon: I've been to visit twice now, and I'll be back once or twice more.

    @Lois: Anne really does stand out!

  10. These are absolutely amazing. I have seen some simple examples before but these are large, detailed and beautiful.

  11. Beautiful art, William, and such a wonderful celebration!

  12. Wow, these are gorgeous. What wonderful art.

  13. Nice sculptures, William. So very creative.

  14. wonderful living sculptures! wow.

  15. @Red: it was quite a concept, and they pulled it off.

    @Linda: I'm glad that this was done.

    @Sharon: much more to come!

    @Marleen: it is indeed.

    @Tammie: it's something to behold.

    @Norma: I figured you might say that!

  16. These are fabulous, William.
    I wonder if you photoshop your pics at all. Taking some of the shadows out would let us see some of the flowers better - like on the train. It's worth trying if you have the time. Lowell first suggested that to me several years ago and what a difference it can make.

  17. Reminds me of the "iron horses" in some of our old American cowboy movies.

  18. These are amazing! You've shown so many interesting exhibits around Ottawa this summer William. Is it always like this, or is because of Canada 150?

  19. You've told me about this. I'm not sure we'll make it in! We were into Ottawa Hospital, and hubby has to have hormone therapy for his cancer. It's a long trip in. sigh. Thanks for listening!

  20. I recently reread Anne of Green Gables. It is so memorable. Love the living planting.


  21. Beautiful displays and very creative.

  22. Wow! So great that Canadians celebrate rather than denigrate!

  23. Magnificent displays.

  24. I would love to see this for real, but your photographs show it very well indeed.
    The display are wonderful and so creative.

    All the best Jan

  25. All of them are wonderful! I love the lady with hat and long dress. It's me!;)

  26. @RedPat: I don't photoshop at all, but I may try some of these with a different setting. Planning on going over this coming Sunday.

    @Revrunner: indeed!

    @Mari: it was!

    @Wendy: Canada 150 has had a lot of events going on here that otherwise wouldn't be going on. This is one of them.

    @Jennifer: there's still time, if you've got a spare day, to come on up.

    @Janis: Anne was such a character.

    @Bill: definitely!

    @Cloudia: indeed.

    @Carolann: thanks!

    @Jan: they are!

    @Denise: definitely!

    @Klara: she stands out!