The World Needs Gardens This Beautiful.

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 (above).

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 Sheep Dog. The dog (chūken Hachikō) 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 in 1935. 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. Swans are symbols of transformation. The Swan Wife is a common part of Chinese myths.

Lady and Cranes. Chinese Myth

Line of Lemurs at entrance to Gardens

Lemurs

Man Who Planted Trees. He is 20 feet high.

Pandas and Bamboo

Pandas

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 (274 meters).

Phoenix Bird – colossal and with flowers. The Phoenix myth originated with ancient astronomers.

Mother Earth

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

Swan

Gorillas / Endangered Species

Moose and Squirrels – all made of moss.

Cobras

Notes:

I normally write about ending the cycle of poverty and war through Debt Cancellation and Bank Reform. Everyone must realize by now that the world is run by criminals who use our banking system to transfer all wealth from us to them. We are close to the worst Depression in 500 years and an unthinkable World War. I still maintain that we can avoid these things. I remind you that Debt Cancellation can end a Depression in less than 90 days.

Socrates defined Beauty as that which is adored and loved. We cannot all create Beauty in music, art and literature. But I do hope that after the current evil regimes collapse, we could devote more resources to developing Beauty as a societal goal. Gardening would have to play its part.

The above photos and comments on the Mosaic competition originally appeared at

http://myvirtualgarden2.blogspot.com/2013/09/mosaiculture-exhibition.html

About horse237

I have decided to share two of the visions I had as a child. When I was eight, I had a vision of a future war that killed 99.5% of the world's population. When I was 16 and living in the projects, I had a vision of my future. I was to live in complete obscurity until it came time to stop WW III. When I was about ten, I had read a bio of Nikita Khrushchev which said he survived Stalin by playing the bumbling fool an old Russian peasant trick. I decided to do the same as I had already learned that we did not live in a democracy. The other vision I had when I was in third grade was of the Mind of God and how it interacted in the creation of the world we see. I believe you and I were born at this time precisely so we would have an opportunity to stop this war. As for my personal info, I grew up on military bases and in housing projects. My legs atrophied from starvation as a child. My second step-father died in prison. I used to have to rub my skin to simulate human contact. They did not feed me when I was a child. I do not fight in their wars as an adult.
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14 Responses to The World Needs Gardens This Beautiful.

  1. Luca Brasi says:

    Thanks for posting this, this is what humanity is all about but has been disconnected from for centuries now. The hell hole that is planet Earth today is such for one reason only – the ability to control our money. Private, debt-based, interest bearing money = death. Public, debt-free, non-interest bearing money = life. It’s as simple as this.

    Money put back in the hands of nations, states, and even more local currencies will liberate humanity. After all, if the money can no longer be centrally controlled, it goes back to being our servant, rather than our master and then becomes a tool to create, rather than destroy.

  2. WOW! Gorgeous. Absolutely stunning. All made from LIVING plants. Incredible. I designed & worked on a float in High School that was similar, except it was made out of tissue paper. It was a team of swans pulling a sea shell wagon. The King & Queen rode in the sea shell.

    Not too bad for a High School student. LOL

    This garden is exquisite. Now you see where our float masterpieces come from for the Rose Bowl & Thanksgiving parades.

    The world needs more gardens & gardeners, period. Fewer soldiers & definitely fewer psychopaths. The system from hell has got to go back to hell where it came from.

  3. Horse, you need to let us post your articles to Twitter & Google, not just Facebook. I don’t do Facebook. Please put up some share buttons to use. Thank you.

    • horse237 says:

      Sorry. But I am not on Twitter so I can’t use their share buttons. Ditto for Facebook.

    • horse237 says:

      Feel free to post any of my material to your blog. It is not my place to post my material at someone else’s site.
      I voted for Ralph Nader a few times. Al Gore Vs G W Bush. I took Nader. At least he wanted a Debt Free Money.

  4. How about Google? I didn’t know you had to be on those web sites just to post their links. Anyway, just want to share some of your wonderful work Horse.

    • horse237 says:

      You can just send them the URL. Or you can put quote marks around the title and ask people to Google this: Example “Vidrebel” will get them my site.

      I wrote this: “America’s Secret Multi-Trillion Dollar Black Ops Slush Fund” You could ask people to Google the title not forgetting the quotes.

      Or you could give people the URL
      https://vidrebel.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/americas-secret-multi-trillion-dollar-black-ops-slush-fund/

      Or give them a series of tweets. 1) US made so much money from selling drugs that that they bought $1 trillion in T-bills dumped by foreigners in last 12 months.
      2) US invaded Afghanistan for drug profits.
      3) US set up the infrastructure for the Drug Cartels.

      I have not used Google+ for communications. Not sure if that would work on my end.

      No point in someone with my views going onto Twitter or Facebook. They do not like people with my views.

      • You’d always have a place to post on my page Horse. They haven’t kicked me off yet, Been there since 2009, and I hold almost the same kind of views you do. VERY INDEPENDENT (never having joined either wing of the one-party “DUOPOLY” as Ralph Nader, my very favorite Independent called them). Anyway, I do all of the above, but much simpler to reach many more eyes on Twitter & Google.

        Have a Happy Easter. Blessings, JUSTICE, Peace, Love & Light.

  5. jintampa says:

    Happy Easter to all. Thanks for posting these beautiful pics. As a weekend Gardner, I have lots of pretty, flowering shrubs, potted plants, trees etc. It helps to take your mind off the daily bs when you are nurturing nature. Plenty of beautiful birds, squirrels etc make their daily visits and the monarch butterflies breed here eating the milkweed.

    • horse237 says:

      I am sure the world is a better place for all the gardens.I just want gardens and other public projects to be included in the rebuilding budgets in the postwar world.

  6. jintampa says:

    I totally agree and not only that but the public lands that are suitable for growing food should be utilized as well

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  8. Dan says:

    It’s amazing that modern humans must find competition even in gardening. Never content to just “be,” to accept and enjoy life simply as it is. Celebrating “the world’s most talented horticulturalists” and manipulating nature in order to satisfy one’s insatiable ego requirements, and then competing with others, is insanity of the highest order. It’s this mindset, as much as evil bankers, that is destroying the planet. Most of these “works of art” are, frankly, bizarre, if not downright ugly, and are indicative of a people who are completely uprooted from nature, the ground of being, and source of life. I find much more beauty in unspoiled wilderness (what is left of it), and in simple flowers and houseplants. Why not plant a garden for the sake of planting a garden, and be done with it. The world “needs” gardens this beautiful? The world IS this beautiful, if we would stop destroying it.

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