Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Mosaiculture Exhibition

International  Mosaiculture  Exhibition
  Montreal - Summer 2013

Even if you’re not into gardening yourself, the plant sculptures in the international Montreal Mosaiculture Exhibition will blow your mind. As defined in the official website of the event, mosaiculture “is a refined horticultural art that involves creating and mounting living artworks made primarily from plants with colourful foliage (generally annuals, and occasionally perennials).” It is also a highly complex form of art, requiring different sets of skills from all the participating artists: not only do they have to plan and build the framework of the sculpture and match the colors, it is also important to understand the maintenance of each plant they use.
The Mosaïcultures Internationale competition was founded back in 2000 by Lise Cormier after her visit to China: this is where Lisa saw an enchanting 40-feet-high sculpture of 3 doves and was instantly inspired to bring the idea back home.
Considered the world’s most prestigious competition of horticultural art, the 2013 edition of Mosaiculture is currently on display at Montreal Botanical Garden in Quebec, Canada. More than three million flowers were raised in greenhouses throughout Quebec, and then shipped to the gardens in May, where designers wrapped them in steel meshes to create living works of art. The sculptures are created using steel or aluminum forms that are wrapped in metal mesh, filled with earth and planted with flowers, ivies and grasses whose foliage provides texture and color. Interior watering systems and growing medium were added so that the flowers could last all through the summer till the end of the exhibition on September 29.
Some 50 works graces the 2.2 km circuit through the enchanting grounds of the Botanical Garden. The theme this year is “Land of Hope”. About 200 of the world’s most talented horticultural artists are taking part in this international competition, representing 20 countries. Entries have come from cities in countries as far as Turkey and Uganda, with China and Japan heavily represented.

Barn  Owl
Bird   Tree.  This huge sculpture is 40 feet high and they built  special high bridge at this
end so people could take photographs more easily.  Every branch becomes a different bird.
The wing span of the condor must be at least 8 feet.
Big  Flowers.  These are growing in the midst of the Exhibition Gardens, some of the
thirty gardens which comprise the Botanic Garden.  Notice the bee.
Butterflies.  They are about eight feet high and stand outside the Insectarium,
a building housing exhibits of insects.
Two Canoes.  The theme of this year's show is the unity of nature and the
importance of ecological planning.

The Old Man Who Planted Trees,  Horses,  Dog,  and  Sheep
The Old Man is about 20 feet high.

Flock  of  Sheep, plus one goat.  They are all part of a huge display around the
Man Who Planted Trees  (below). 
Single  Sheep

Caterpillar, outside Insectarium

Easter  Island  Heads
Clown Fish Swimming through Seaweed
Crouching  Frog and Lily Pond.

Frog  in  Lily  Pond

Goat  at  Well
Horses  and  Akita Dog.  The dog is very famous in Japan and everyone knows him.
He accompanied his master to the railroad station ever morning when the man went
to work, and then the dog met him again in the evening.  When the man died, the dog
continued meeting the train twice every day for ten years until he died.  He is made up
of various decorative grasses.  The horses' manes are also made of grasses.
The horses are twice the size of a normal horse; the dog is 8 feet high.

Closeup  of  Horse
Lady  and  Cranes  /  Chinese  Myth.   The lady is about 35 feet high.

Lady  and  Cranes  /  Chinese  Myth
Line  of  Lemurs at entrance to Gardens


Man  Who  Planted  Trees.  He is 20 feet high.
Pandas  and  Bamboo
Piano  and  Tortoise /  The Arts  and Nature Support Each Other
Spirit  of  the  Woods.  The body of the serpent actually snakes around the woods
for more than 300 yards.
Phoenix  Bird - colossal and with flowers.
Mother  Earth

Water is a gift of Mother Earth, enjoyed by wild horses and eagles.

The sign said these are Swans.
Gorillas / Endangered Species

Moose  and  Squirrels  -  all made of moss.



( Thank you for all of your kind comments; I am glad that you are
enjoying the photos.  As of Dec. 26, over 2 million people
have viewed these photos.

The site of the next mosaiculture exhibition has not yet
been announced.  )


  1. absolutely amazing in the true sense of those words

    1. Awesome, amazing, beautiful, and mind-boggling. I've never seen ANY thing like this! I can only IMAGINE what it must look like up close and in person. WOW!

    2. Absolutely, the most unusual and beautiful garden imaginable. Must be truly an experience to see in person with the hugeness of each horse, humans, etc. Enjoy.

  2. Awesome.I can imagine in person even more beautiful.
    Thx.for sharing.

  3. Wonderful, artistic display and tribute to man and his environment.

  4. Just simply amazing and spectacular! Kudos to all those who were involved in making this project! Bert Caoili

  5. This is some of the most beautiful plant sculpture in the world. A living palate.

  6. Absolutely stunning! The artists used their God-given talents very well.

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  9. Stunningly magnificent! Thank you Sooo very much!

  10. Amazingly Gifted Artists! Thanks so much for sharing your Beautiful Art!

  11. Spectacular, would like to see just one with just the base and no flowers to see how intricate the bases are. But all in all very creative people, More green less cement...

  12. as a gardener what a terrific effort

  13. Wow! Those are some amazing landscaping and flower designs! It would take one amazing landscaping feat to try to replicate this on your own garden! I particularly like the Eastern Island Heads sculpture! Amazing! It looks like the actual thing almost overgrown its plants.
    Mark Taylor

  14. Extraordinary ~ beyond the beyond ~ Awesome display, I have not ever seen such artful beauty in horticulture as this!. It is marked with such intellectual depth that totally astounds the mind!

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  16. This is so creative, wonderful, and amazing all at the same time! Magnificent. Bravo, bravo! :)

  17. Thank you for these beautiful pictures of the event. Just shared them on my FB page, :-)

  18. All of this is just wonderful. What creative people.

  19. Thank you, this is marvelous...more about the dog is told in a wonderful filme, Hachi: A Dog's Tale

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  21. The display is incredible. How I wish i could see it first hand !

  22. Absolutely beautiful -- how many of these plants are eatable?
    Thank you for being able to see this display!
    Sylvia Humphreys

  23. This is such an exciting exhibition - I'm only sorry that I missed the actual presentation, but will keep my eyes sharply opened for the next one in 2014

  24. I was there and it was absolutely amazing. Your photos do it justice.

  25. I visited Niagara Falls and traveled across the border up the river on the Canadian side and along the parkway were exhibits similar to this. It was truly breathtaking. Such raw talent.