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Phenomenal Living Sculptures in Canada
November 7, 2017
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MosaïCanada 150 isn’t any old garden! The exhibit of living sculptures celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation took $10-million, 100 gardeners and 3 million plants to create.

Upon arrival at Ottawa airport, our friendly cab driver couldn’t recommend the exhibit highly enough, but I struggled to grasp what it was really about. The next day I wandered over the Ottawa River to see for myself… and I was blown away!

Wandering the one-kilometer garden path with other awestruck visitors I witness a display of living sculptures immense in size and detail, representing Canadian culture. From Anne of Green Gables to the folklore of the First Nations people, thirty-three artworks represent Canada’s ten states and three territories. There are also contributions from Beijing and Shanghai, China which do not fail to impress.

Mosaïculture, as the artform is referred to in French, involves bedding plants into mosaic-like forms to represent two- and three-dimensional images. The technique is historically rooted in embroidered flower beds that composed Renaissance gardens and grew in popularity through the Victorian period. Though mosaïculture became unfashionable during the early 20th century it has made a recent return, evolving into ever more complexity and difficulty to execute.
To create the kind of larger-than-life figures featured in MosaïCanada 150, steel frames are formed and covered with mesh. The mesh supports a heavy layer of moss and soil that is seeded with plants. Water is delivered to the flora through an underlying network of irrigation channels.

Creating a living sculpture involves the plant knowledge of a horticulturalist, colour theory of a painter and understanding of structure and volume like a sculptor. Plants need to blossom in the right place, at the correct time to bring the sculptures to life. Annuals are used, as opposed to flowers, to ensure the sculptures are blossoming throughout the length of the exhibit. This is not an artform for the faint-hearted.

Enjoy a walk through MosaïCanada 150…

Phenomenal Living Sculptures in Canada
All Aboard! Engine CPR 374
Phenomenal Living Sculptures in Canada
The Lobster Fisherman representing Nova Scotia
Phenomenal Living Sculptures in Canada
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Horse and Rider
Phenomenal Living Sculptures in Canada
Chief of the Undersea World, inspired by artist Bill Reid's Killer Whale
Phenomenal Living Sculptures in Canada
The Polar Bear representing Manitoba
Phenomenal Living Sculptures in Canada
Blessing of teh Good Omen Dragons - Beijing
Phenomenal Living Sculptures in Canada
The Drum Dancer representing the Nunavut
Phenomenal Living Sculptures in Canada
Inuksuk
Phenomenal Living Sculptures in Canada
Remembering Glenn Gould
Phenomenal Living Sculptures in Canada
Joyful Celebration of the Nine Lions - Shanghai
Phenomenal Living Sculptures in Canada
Details of Joyful Celebration of the Nine Lions
Phenomenal Living Sculptures in Canada
Canada 150 logo

The International Mosaïculture Committee run competitions every 2-3 years, so keep your eyes peeled for an opportunity to see magnificent living sculptures in the future.

Peace, love & inspiring travel,

Madam ZoZo

Phenomenal Living Sculptures in Canada
Phenomenal Living Sculptures in Canada

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Madam ZoZo

Hi! I’m Madam ZoZo, aka Zoë, an Australian designer, creative consultant, blogger and digital nomad. I’m passionate about travel, design, dance and new experiences that fuel my creativity. I strive to travel in a style that is gentle on the earth and that contributes to the communities I visits, even if it is merely to take away a greater understanding of a different culture. Duende by Madam ZoZo, is where I share the stories of my travels and the duende (soul/inspiration) I find along the way.

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