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Preferred Title:
Mosaicultures International Montreal 2013 [exhibit]
Image View:
A True Story! (entry from Shanghai, China); edge of installation
Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal (Canadian non-profit organization, founded 1998)
exhibition: Montréal Botanical Garden (Montréal, Québec, Canada)
Location Note:
4101 Sherbrooke Street East
June 22-September 29, 2013 (exhibition)
Cultural Context:
Style Period:
Twenty-first century
Work Type 1:
installation, environmental, stage sets
plant material
construction (assembling); gardening
The non-profit corporation Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal (MIM) was created in 1998 to organize the first edition of Mosaïcultures Internationales, held at the Parc des Éclusiers in Montreal’s Old Port in 2000. The 2013 "edition" was visited by over a million visitors during its run (June 22-September 29, 2013). The theme of the international exhibit, which featured over 200 horticultural artists, was "Land of Hope", highlighting ecological concerns. The exhibit is also a competition, held every 3 years. The 2013 edition had 50 entries from over 20 countries, and various Canadian cities with numerous sponsored prizes. The origin of mosaicultures traces back to the "embroidery bed" of 16th and 17th centuries. At the end of 1860s, the term "mosaiculture" was used for the first time at the Parc de la Tête d'Or in Lyon. In the beginning, gardeners created simple geometric patterns but over the years, mosaiculture has become more complex and has come to mean three-dimensional displays. Each sculpture is a living, sophisticated evolution of the traditional “stuffed topiary” technique. Thousands of meticulously groomed plants are planted into soil-and-sphagnum moss-filled netting covering the steel armature forms (hidden works of artisanship themselves) to carpet the skeletons in colorful forms and patterns. Complex irrigation systems beneath the surface of the sculptures allow the plants to grow. (Source: Wikipedia; http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Main_Page)
Image Description:
Tells the story of Xu Xiu Juan, a young woman who gave her life to save an injured red-crowned crane from a swamp in the Yangcheng Nature Reserve. A popular song "A True Story!" was written in her honor. The winner of the Grand Honorary Award for the 2013 competition.
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Mosaicultures International Montreal 2013 [exhibit]