Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Journey Through Time

The next thematic area at MosaiCanada was titled A Journey Through Time, showing historic, sports, and cultural aspects of the country. It begins with In Flanders Fields: The Poppy, Symbol of Remembrance. This reflects the end of the First World War and the way the poppy has become interconnected with commemoration after John McCrae's poem.

Jos Montferrand, A Giant From Gatineau pays tribute to a man of fact and legend, Joseph Montferrand, a lumberman from the Quebec side of the river who became the subject of many a tall tale.

The Voyageur reflects the long tradition of the frontiersmen who carved paths through the North American wilderness in search of trading opportunities.

The Winning Goal, Summit Series '72 captures the climactic goal of the 1972 Canada-Soviet Union hockey series.

Remembering Glenn Gould depicts a piano for the Canadian classical pianist on a big scale- with the accompanying chair having shortened legs, just as Gould preferred.


  1. I had no idea this was so huge. It seems to go on and on and all of it is so nicely done.

  2. Well William I have just looked through the last few blogs or all the artwork, all I can say is they are just amazing to look at, the work must have taken weeks let alone hours.

  3. The hands with the poppy are amazing. Today's display speaks to me. I love it when you photograph closer like today.


  4. I am amazed by the amount of the wonderful sculptures. The piano is beautiful!

  5. These are really incredible. Love the hockey players and the piano. I used to have some Glenn Gould records a long time ago!

  6. @Kay: it took up a big part of the park.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Bill: it would have been a lot of work.

    @Janis: and fitting timing with November 11th coming.

    @Marleen: I agree!

    @Lowell: I was looking at one of his pianos on the weekend.

  7. Those are all wonderful creations again. The first shot of the poppies is my favorite this time. And I like the colored sunrays in photo eight.

  8. That piano is amazing. What incredible work went into this exhibit.

  9. Everyone of the sculpture is beautiful!

  10. This is a good way to impress on us the importance of history and the people who made it.

  11. @Tom: it was!

    @Karl: definitely!

    @Jan: the poppies were quite fitting for the occasion.

    @Sharon: it was well worth all the work.

    @Nancy: I agree!

    @Red: it is indeed.

  12. Canada rally knows and celebrates herself!

  13. Just so fabulous and special to see.
    I thought the hands with the poppy simply amazing ... and I've recently bought my 2017 poppy too!

    All the best Jan

  14. They are really incredible. Poppy on hands is very touching. Love the piano, too!

  15. I come from a long line of frontiersmen here in the U.S.

  16. Love the Frontiersman and Paul Henderson!

  17. I am so amazed by the scale & representations of these topiaries.

  18. i love the music notes, the chair and piano. so neat! very cool. i wonder how long this takes to create? ( ;

  19. @Cloudia: it's been quite a year.

    @Jan: I always get some poppies. I place one of them on the tomb of the unknown soldier on Remembrance Day.

    @Tamago: it's quite a piano!

    @Revrunner: my family's time in the New World doesn't go back that far!

    @RedPat: it really catches the energy of that winning goal.

    @Christine: they were quite impressive.

    @Beth: one of the sculptures was already in place last fall, but it was so big it needed to be done that far in advance.

  20. Amazing to see, it must of took a lot of people to create this lovely exhibit. The piano is incredible, all of the displays are incredible. Wonderful photos, William.

  21. The tribute to the pianist was fantastic. Tell me, does your lumberman share tales with Paul Bunyan?

  22. More beautiful and so creative topiaries ~ great shots

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka ( A Creative Harbor)

  23. it is incredible what they have done with topiaries. I am in awe.

  24. If I tried to do this, I'd end up with a bunch of butchered attempts....

  25. The piano and the chair are my favourite.

  26. @Bill: it was a lot of work.

    @Sandi: very cool indeed.

    @Mari: I suspect Bunyan also has a kernel of truth at the core of the stories. Such is the same with Joseph, the sort of person around whom stories are told that end up making them larger than life.

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Sallie: they were wonderful.

    @Norma: me too!

    @Jennifer: they are.

    @Klara: it's a good combination.