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Mosaiculture: a complex, meticulous art

Each work of mosaiculture is supported by a steel structure covered by a metal trellis in the shape of the final form. The structure is then enveloped with a soil-impregnated netting into which each seedling, specially cultivated for mosaiculture, must be planted by hand. The planting stage takes place in the greenhouse during the spring. Once the plants have attained their desired level of growth, the structure is transported to the chosen site and mounted. At that point, wreathed in its colourful foliage, the mosaiculture reveals its full splendour. Creating the work inspired by the Frédéric Bach film The Man Who Planted Trees took over 800,000 plants.

Mosaïcultures internationales montréal 2013

Mosaïcultures Internationales Montréal is an exhibition, of course — but first and foremost, it’s a competition in which the world’s most talented horticultural artists vie to outdo each other in ingenuity and know-how. Their reward? The Grand Prize or People’s Choice Award — or sometimes both! Who will be this year’s victors?

A work of mosaiculture

Creating a work of mosaiculture entails composing two- or three-dimensional artworks (some of which resemble paintings, others sculptures) using plants that are carefully selected for their colours, foliage and uniform growth. Making mosaics with plants is a complex horticultural art dating back to the Italian Renaissance (15th century) and that was further developed in the gardens of France.

An enchanting 2.2-km pathway

As well as showcasing some fifty spectacular works, the 2.2-km route through the exhibition includes dining areas, a ‘food truck,’ fountains where you can fill up your water bottles and an International Hub. It all adds up to a spectacular stroll with the whole family!

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