Friday, November 10, 2017

A Finale To MosaiCanada

Something that I noticed in visits during the latter half of the MosaiCanada exhibition was a hands on explanation of the work that goes into these topiaries, placed near the end of the exhibition. A swan sculpture was half done for demonstrations, with the woman speaking about the techniques of topiary sculpture. The frame is designed and set up first, with soil packed in around the interior irrigation system and framework, and from there, partially grown plants and flowers are inserted, roots and all, into the soil.

On The Trail Of The Algonquin People depicts a First Nations family in the construction of a birchbark canoe.

As I did in my last series, I paused here to look back through the trees to The Voyageur.

Coming out near the end, we have another view of the train.

Odyssey And Hope is the last of the major sculptures, a mother and colt pair of horses by British artist Heather Jansch. She works extensively with driftwood, and combined with the flowers that are in common with the other installations, this made for a fitting finale to the exhibition.

Though there was something else beyond it. This is titled The Station Garden, a tradition first found in Britain, but commonly used by railways across Canada in the latter 19th and early 20th centuries as a way to show incoming settlers of what could be grown in the area. I imagine the notion would have caught on in American stations during that period as well. Flowers were mixed here with vegetables and herbs in a pleasing pattern. I do have some additional shots of the event coming up during more fall colours posts later in the month. I hope you have enjoyed this look at MosaiCanada. I certainly loved my numerous visits to the exhibition.


  1. Thank you for sharing this and your other visits to this amazing and interesting and information exhibition. I've seen a lot of topiary at Epcot in Disney World but these works of art take the cake, so to speak. And those station gardens! I'd never heard of those in this country but I suppose it's possible.

  2. I've LOVED MosaiCanada! Thank you for sharing it with us. I appreciate seeing how these pieces are constructed, too. I've never seen a station garden, though I've not spent much time traveling through railway stations. Brilliant idea!

  3. Hello, the hands on class sounds like fun. I love the topiary sculptures. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

  4. The demonstration sounds interesting!

  5. ...all good things must come to an end!

  6. Beautiful. That topiary really is astonishing.

  7. I love watching demonstrations. Will they be up all year, or taken down?


  8. I've just been back to see all of the MosaiCanada posts William.. fabulous! What a wonderful event this is, I seem to remember it was excellent last year also. The mare and colt designed in driftwood are really something special! Hope all is well with you ✨

  9. @Lowell: it makes sense for the period. I doubt there are station gardens left.

    @Kay: I loved attending it.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @Marleen: it was.

    @Tom: true!

    @Mike: it is!

    @Janis: it may be back next year.

    @Grace: thank you.

  10. Thanks for all your great pictures of this installation. I love the driftwood horses and the idea of the station gardens. I thought the station gardens were to supply vegetables for the station master and his family. I have always thought of topiary as bushes or shrubs clipped into recognisable shapes, but these are a little different. I'd love to see this.

  11. The MosaiCanada exhibition is one of the most beautiful things I have seen here this year. Thanks for sharing this beauty, William.

  12. Thanks for the background info, William!

  13. Good that they showed how these pieces were put together. They're a lot of work.

  14. So beautiful! I love those driftwood horses. I have a cousin who builds birdhouses out of driftwood.

  15. @Shammickite: I expect station gardens would have doubled in that respect- who else would tend to the gardens and benefit from them but the station master and family?

    @Jan: you're welcome.

    @Cloudia: it is.

    @RedPat: you're welcome.

    @SRQ: it was indeed.

    @Red: they certainly are.

    @Lois: I always enjoyed driftwood.

  16. The Desert Botanical Garden created two small topiary sculptures recently so I got to see how the created the wire frame and then coaxed the plant to grow in the shape with trimming and other measures. It's an interesting process.

  17. Thanks so much for sharing your photos from MosaiCanada as it has been amazing!

  18. this is on the must see list. so cool!! love the horses. seeing folks working. doing their craft. nice!! ( ;

  19. Schöne Holz Skulpturen und was man mit Pflanzen alles machen kann.


  20. Amazing topiaries, very interesting to see that first photo. I also loved the Heather Jansch horse sculptures.

  21. Thank you William for a wonderful presentation of photos throughout this fantastic exhibition. Those driftwood horses are stunning and very creative, I love them!

  22. Maravilhoso!
    Amei as esculturas.

  23. @Sharon: I certainly found it to be that way.

    @Christine: you're welcome.

    @Beth: I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    @Noke: thank you!

    @Revrunner: it was.

    @Denise: I've enjoyed showing this series.

    @Bill: you're welcome!

    @A Casa Maderia: they were marvelous.

  24. The driftwood horses are surreal, an out of body statement. Great pictures of the canoe and plantings. This is a favorite exhibit.

  25. My favorite this time are driftwood horses ~ lovely topiaries too ~ Great shots!

    Happy Weekend to you ~
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  26. The driftwood horses were superb! I never heard of the railroads making any beds to demonstrate what grew in an area. That doesn't mean they didn't, I have just not read about it.

  27. Another wonderful post in this series William.
    From start to finish I think you have presented MosaiCanada to all your blogging friends so well.
    Thank you.

    All the best Jan

  28. The trees are grand and the fact that the leading blog photo gets changed over is impressive. Ive fallen a long way behind latest blogging fashions as I don't get to see whats what as have been closing down for some time now yet blog keeps ticking on a bit longer, I looked at the template for the first time in ages and am very rusty about how to make any changes there.

  29. They are amazing. I have so enjoyed your photos. Quite the skill to doing them.

  30. Thank you for journey through MosaiCanada. You took beautiful photos.

  31. @Maywyn: I enjoyed attending this exhibition.

    @Carol: thank you!

    @Mari: it makes sense to me.

    @Jan: thanks!

    @Janey: it is!

    @Julia: I try to change my blog header image every season. It'll be time again at some point in December, and I've already decided which one I'd ideally prefer. I haven't had a problem with it yet, but that doesn't mean it can't happen.

    @Jennifer: thank you!

    @Klara: you're welcome!