There are many celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday this summer, but one of the most ambitious displays has been done with flowers. There are 33 installations of floral artwork on a one-kilometre path at the MosaiCanada 150 / Gatineau 2017 exhibit in Gatineau, Quebec (across the river from Ottawa). The exhibition is free and is open 10 am to 7 pm until Oct. 15 in Parc Jacques-Cartier, near the Canadian Museum of History. The entrance to the exhibition is at the corner of rue Laurier and rue Saint-Étienne.
Mosaïculture is a technique that combines sculpture for the structure, paint for the palette of colours and horticulture as the means of creating living and changing artworks with plants.
More than 120,000 people visited MosaiCanada 150 / Gatineau 2017 during the Canada Day weekend and as many 1.2 million are expected.
The exhibition was planned by Mosaïcultures internationales de Montréal under the leadership of its founder, Montreal landscape architect Lise Cormier, working with a group of historians.
Hundreds of volunteers are involved, including 15 gardeners who travelled to Laval, Quebec, from 10 provinces and territories in March to help with the planting of the sculptures then being built in greenhouses.
The Canada 150 project is funded by Canadian Heritage as well as the governments of Quebec and the Ville de Gatineau. More information is available at mosaicanada.ca.
After the exhibition in Gatineau closes Oct. 15, some of the creations are being moved to be displayed in 2018 across Canada. Communities in Bloom is a partner of MosaiCanada 150 / Gatineau 2017 in coordinating the participation of the provinces and territories in the exhibit. Some of the plans for 2018 include these displays:
- Yukon: Prospector – Whitehorse
- Northwest Territories: Muskoxen – Yellowknife
- Nunavut: Drum Dancer – Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association
- British Columbia: Chief of the Undersea World (Bill Reid’s Killer Whale) – Coquitlam
- Alberta: Wild Rose – St. Albert
- Manitoba: Polar Bear – Assiniboine Park Conservancy, Winnipeg
- Saskatchewan: Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer on horse
- Ontario: Niagara Gateway – Niagara Parks Commission
- Quebec: Joe Montferrand, Outaouais lumberjack legend – Gatineau
- New Brunswick: Horse in field – New Brunswick Botanical Garden
- Nova Scotia: Fisherman and dory – Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
- Prince Edward Island: Red Fox – Charlottetown
- Newfoundland and Labrador: Puffins – Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden