Saturday, October 6, 2018

Perspectives In The Topiaries

Picking up where I left off, this is another perspective of The Niagara Gateway.

A side path leads up behind this sculpture, giving a view of where I've been, including the Three Ships, and what lies ahead. The river and the Ottawa shoreline can be seen here as well.

A Timeless Muse: The Rose is the title of this pair of topiary sculptures, a nod to The Romance Of The Rose, an example of medieval literature. This was one of the additions for 2018.

Here we have another view back. I tried, when possible, to not photograph other visitors on the path, but sometimes it was fitting to have them in for a sense of scale.

I ascended a short staircase, photographing back the way I had come.

One of the topiaries from last year had been moved to this spot; last year the topiary designed for the Canada 150 occasion had been up here. The Poppy, Symbol Of Remembrance evokes the legacy of the First World War and the poem by Canadian warrior poet John McCrae In Flanders Fields. 


  1. They are beautiful. A great place to visit and take photos.

  2. Hello, lovely display and gorgeous flowers. Happy weekend to you!

  3. It's really amazing what they have created. My friend's son has visited the exposition too and had sent a video to his mother. World is small !

  4. Erstaunliche Figuren aus Blumen schöne Farben.

  5. The living sculptures are amazing!

  6. This whole exhibition is stunning. I can't imagine how many hours of work were spent creating these floral sculptures. How long does all this last? I'm sure there must be maintenance going on to keep it all looking fresh.

  7. So very beautiful! I love all of them, but that last one is exceptional. :-)

  8. So beautiful. I could visit here over and over again.

  9. I love them all William but the sailing ships are my favourite, they are fabulous.. and the poppy too 🌺

  10. I have to see these some day. they make me curious.

  11. @Nancy: they are!

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @Gattina: that is a small world!

    @Marianne: it really is.

    @Noke: thanks!

    @Marie: I agree.

    @Shammickite: it'll be done on the 15th of the month, and that'll be it. It's lasted all summer, and it does involve a great deal of work.

    @DJan: I agree.

    @Sharon: it's quite something to see in person.

    @Grace: thank you!

    @RedPat: they are.

    @Red: unfortunately for you to see them in person means coming pretty much in the next week. This is the last year for them. I did hear something during my visit about some of the pieces, probably the provincial and territorial ones, going out to each spot. I hope that's actually the case.

  12. They are all spectacular William. Hard to choose a favourite :)

  13. ...William, these are a treat, thanks!

  14. Magnificent! Who would have thought Ottawa has so much art?

    What is the red arch in the background?

  15. Wow! I think the ships are the best. It would be wonderful to have a space to sit in the ship itself.

  16. Beautiful and stunning art! Well done, William.

  17. @Marleen: I think they're amazing works.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Tom: you're welcome.

    @Sandi: it's actually part of the Niagara Gateway topiary, albeit not a plant. You walk around the back and you can frame a shot through it. I chose not to incorporate the arch itself into my shot from that point. That second one is the shot.

    @Maywyn: I imagine everything but the sails on those ships are topiary and frame.

    @Bill: thank you!

  18. Very colorful, specially the sea of purple and the last two shots are beautiful.

  19. Beautiful topiaries ~ so creative and neat photos!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores

  20. These verge on the incredible. Beautiful shots. Tweeted.

  21. so many coolness-es ... love the hands and the ships ... very cool!! ( ;

  22. Super exhibits. Thanks for taking us along to see them.

  23. Lovely photos and colours. I love the ships and the poppy:)

  24. Amazing creations! I wonder how long it takes to put these sculptures together?

  25. Great photographs of a lovely display and gorgeous flowers :)

    All the best Jan

  26. @Jan: thanks!

    @Happyone: I agree.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Mari: incredible indeed.

    @Revrunner: so do I.

    @Beth: they are cool.

    @Kay: you're welcome.

  27. @Rosie: so do I.

    @Cloudia: they stand out.

    @Jennifer: it certainly is.

    @Denise: it's a lot of work.

    @Klara: most definitely.

    @Jan: thank you!