I made several visits to MosaiCanada during the time the topiary exhibition was going on in Jacques Cartier Park over in Gatineau, photographing on most of those trips. Organizers anticipated 800 000 visitors over the course of the exhibition; the preliminary numbers once it was over indicated 1.3 million visits were made. Today we're going to start another series on the event, taken during a visit back in September, with the exception of one shot late in the series, which was done during an October visit. During subsequent visits after my first excursion, I noticed that among some of the sculptures, music or sounds were being incorporated- the speakers were very well hidden among the flowers.
A Ticket To Canada depicts a train station house, with the sculpture of the building completely overlaid by plants. A large scale photograph of times gone by can be seen as one walks through the passageway.
Engine CPR 374 can be viewed on the far side of the building. This is both the beginning and the ending of the exhibit, which follows a looping route through a series of themes.
Lying across the track in this shot is a hose. Work crews were often seen among the sculptures, giving them a shower or pruning as needed.
Also at the station is Anne of Green Gables in a sculpture titled More Scope For The Imagination.
A Journey Across Canada begins the first of the thematic elements, with the provinces and territories represented in turn, along with extra sculptures. The Wild Rose represents Alberta.
The Royal Canadian Mint is behind this one, titled Proudly Canadian.
Saskatchewan is represented by Royal Canadian Mounted Police Horse And Rider.
Red Foxes depicts a mother and cub pair of foxes, and represents Prince Edward Island.