Gatineau’s Great Summer Event
Starting June 22, the City of Gatineau will be the host of an international calibre horticultural exhibit: Mosaïculture Gatineau 2018. Forty-five very large—some even immense!—vegetal sculptures will be on display in the enchanting site that is Jacques-Cartier Park, sitting on the rivers of the Outaouais River and a stone’s throw from the Museum of History, the National Gallery, and the Parliament.
Among the sculptures on display, the most spectacular is undoubtedly the Bird Tree, a sculpture representing about fifty endangered birds species perched on a giant tree. This colossal sculpture is 52 ft. (16 m) high and it weighs over 100 tons! The bird sitting on top of the tree alone weighs 7 tons. Approximately 350,000 plants were used to create this majestic and colourful beauty.
Mother Earth, The Man Who Planted Trees, Hachiko, the loyal dog as well as a long floral train pulling into a flower-strewn station are some of the living sculptures that visitors appreciate the most. More than 5 million plants were cultivated, transported, replanted and sculpted for this truly unique exhibition.
This spectacular event showcases the art of the mosaïculture and this year’s theme is “A Marvellous Voyage” will offer various activities centred around the First Nations, children, elders, cultural diversity, photography, boating, cycling and the full moon. There will be a painting symposium, a gourmet’s feast, and a photography contest. Clearly, this summer will be a colourful one in Gatineau.
Mosaïculture Gatineau 2018 runs from June 22 to October 15, 2018.