Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Creation Of The World

I did a guest post over at Molly's blog yesterday for Remembrance Day commemorations, so go on over and have a look.

A Journey Through The Imaginary Of The First Nations is the final theme for MosaiCanada, and it starts with a wide view.

Wisakedjak And The Creation Of The World tells the Anishinaabe version of the world's creation, with the destruction of the world as it was before, and its renewal through animals.

Born With The Sun is the next one, and it concerns itself with the First Nations idea of metamorphosis from human to animal form.

This one is taken on a different visit, but from another angle of this work.

The largest of these topiaries is Mother Earth: The Legend of Aataentsic, which depicts animals such as bison, horses, deer, bears, caribou, moose, and the eagle springing up to life around a woman. The animals, taking up a vast amount of room around her, are life sized or bigger.


  1. So cool! So much time must go into this.

  2. There are so many amazing creations here. It's really jaw-dropping.

  3. Amazing! The animals look very real.

  4. I love the soft organic nature of the exhibit.


  5. Fantastic! There are some creative people around! Great work.
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. These topiaries are splendid, wish I could be there to see them. Is this a display that happens every year?

  7. @Linda: it was quite an achievement.

    @Kay: it is indeed.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Marleen: they do!

    @Janis: so do I.

    @Gunn: you're welcome.

    @Tom: definitely.

    @Shammickite: it was for the anniversary year, but I am hearing rumours that it may be back next year.

  8. Fantastic creations - the mind boggles at the number of plants used and the time taken to construct them!

  9. What a fabulous event that was!

  10. It's all very impressive. These creations are beautiful, but they all seem to be very big too.

  11. I hope more people become aware of the indigenous stories of creation. This display tells the story vividly.

  12. @Lois: it was!

    @Nancy: definitely!

    @Christine: it was quite a project.

    @RedPat: it certainly was.

    @Sharon: so did I.

    @Jan: they were huge, especially when you factor in the ground around them.

    @Red: I think those creation stories are well worth telling.

  13. These are absolutely amazing topiaries. I would love to see them in person.

  14. Great photos William. Those topiaries are amazing.

  15. These show a progression not unlike our process of evolution!

  16. Can't imagine the work needed to maintain these sculptures.

  17. I love tat first image. Awesome photos, William.

  18. awesome!! so giant like. i was going to say human ...but most humans are not that tall. lol!!
    neat times. ( :

  19. @Susan: it was quite a pleasure to see them in person.

    @Denise: they certainly are.

    @Lowell: true!

    @Revrunner: it had people quite busy throughout the event.

    @Bill: I caught that perspective several times during visits.

    @Beth: they were all big!

  20. I especially love the mallard ducks.

  21. These are magnificent. The last one reminds me of Narnia for some reason.

  22. Just brilliant, the work involved is amazing.

    All the best Jan

  23. There are so many! Who knew? Well, you did!!!

  24. @Norma: they really stand out.

    @Janey: me too.

    @Deb: I can see that.

    @Mari: they certainly are.

    @Jan: thanks!

    @Jennifer: it was quite a thing to see each time I visited.

    @Klara: they certainly are!