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Mosaiculture is the horticultural art of creating giant topiary-like sculptures using thousands of annual bedding plants to carpet steel armature forms.[1] It is different from classical topiary.[2]

Mosaïcultures Internationales® is the name of an international competition governed by the International Mosaiculture Committee, which was formed in 2000, the first year the event was staged. Mosaïcultures Internationales® is an internationally protected name and patent.[3] In 2013 an international competition in Mosaicultures was held in Montreal, Canada.[4]

As part of Canada's 150th anniversary celebrations in 2017, a large exhibition of Mosaiculture was held at Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau, Quebec. MOSAICANADA150 featured sculptures representing Canada's 10 provinces and 3 territories, and indigenous peoples.[5] In 2018, many of the sculptures will be moved to their home province to be displayed.[6][7]

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FounderEdit

Lise Cormier, head of the City of Montréal's Parks, Gardens and Green Spaces Department and the Botanical Garden, first got the idea to launch an international mosaiculture competition in 1998.[8]

History of exhibitsEdit

2000 – World premiere of Mosaïcultures Internationales® in MontréalEdit

Theme: The Planet is a Mosaic

Participants: 35 cities and organizations from 14 countries

Visitors: 730,000 (110 days)

2003 – Mosaïcultures Internationales Montréal 2003Edit

Theme: Myths and Legends of the World

Participants: 51 cities and organizations from 32 countries

Visitors: 755,000 (110 days)

2006 – Mosaïcultures Internationales Shanghai 2006Edit

Theme: The Earth, Our Village

Participants: 55 cities and organizations from 15 countries

Visitors: Over 1,000,000 (76 days)

2009 – Mosaïcultures Internationales Hamamatsu 2009Edit

Under the honorary presidency of His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino

Theme: The Symphony of People and Nature

Participants: 97 cities and organizations from 25 countries

Visitors: 865,000 (66 days)

2013 – Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal 2013Edit

Theme: Land of Hope

Participants: 42 cities and organizations from 22 countries

Visitors: 1,020,000 (110 days)

2017 - MOSAICANADA 150Edit

Theme: Canada's History

Participants:

Visitors: 1,300,000[9]

References

  1. ^ "Imaginary Worlds | Atlanta Botanical Garden". Mental Floss. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Is Mosaiculture topiary? | Site & Insight". www.siteandinsight.com. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  3. ^ "Mosaïcultures Internationales". www.mosaiculture.ca. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  4. ^ "Mosaïcultures Internationales Montréal 2013". Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  5. ^ "A Visit to MOSAICANADA150".
  6. ^ "Floral sculptures celebrate Canada 150 in Gatineau". Garden Making. 2017-07-20. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  7. ^ "Flowery fox to find permanent home in Charlottetown". CBC News. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  8. ^ "MOSAÏCANADA 150 (English)". MOSAÏCANADA 150 (English). Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  9. ^ "Gatineau's MosaïCanada plant show gets fond farewell, 1.3M visitors later". CBC News. Retrieved 2018-02-11.

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