A Sneak Peek Behind MOSAΪCANADA 150/GATINEAU 2017 for Canada 150!
Plants. Some people may not think much of them, but when they are used to create larger than life sculptures, they can be a wonder to behold. MOSAΪCANADA 150/GATINEAU 2017 has mastered mosaiculture (the art of glass mosaic and the origins of artistic horticulture) to bring breath-taking and memorable works of art to life. This form of art will be displayed during Canada 150 events in Jacques-Cartier Park for revellers to enjoy. I was invited to have a special sneak peek at how these sculptures are built from its frame to a spectacular work of art.
The details of the First Nations section of MOSAΪCANADA 150/GATINEAU 2017 were unveiled to the public during a press conference on March 27, 2017. Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal, in association with representatives of the Assembly of First Nations of Québec and Labrador and of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation shared in the honour of presenting their contribution to this part of the Canada 150 celebrations. These sculptures, along with many others, will be on display for visitors as of June 30, 2017, just in time for Canada’s 150 birthday!
Anishinabeg artist, Dean Ottawa, designed two of these four pieces.
Both of his pieces, The Legend of Wìsakedjàk and a work showing the construction of a birch bark canoe by an Algonquin family were currently under construction at the site during our visit.
Two other artists have contributed their work to the First Nations section of MOSAΪCANADA 150. Born with the Sun, designed by Wendat-Abenaki artist Christine Sioui Wawanoloath and the Huron-Wendat legend of Aataentsic, illustrated by Mother Earth (which is also the icon of MOSAΪCANADA) are currently at the site, completing this ensemble of wondrous works!
After the press conference, we were invited “behind the curtain” to get a look at how these sculptures are created! At this site, the bare bones of each sculpture are created. Each piece is assembled by welding together the frame made up of metal hoops and six-inch squares. Take a look at how large Dean Ottawa’s The Legend of Wìsakedjàk is compared to us in this space.
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It was amazing to see the amount of detail that goes into each piece. It was also fun to be able to try to figure out each of the animals depicted in this sculpture.
The Legend of Wìsakedjàk was not the only work to be fascinated by at this site! We were able to see other works-in-progress and they were fabulous! We asked many questions, from construction and weight to transportation of these pieces and their weight in order to get a better understanding of what it takes to create the framework of these sculptures.
We then travelled to the site where these masterpieces go from being skeletons to becoming alive with plants and flowers. It was a pleasant surprise to be able to see pieces in various stages of completion. There were so many different kinds of plants and flowers being used at these greenhouses to breathe life into these works of art.
Here are the tools of the trade used to accomplish this feat.
We wondered how the plants were transplanted into each piece. Luckily, we were able to see just how this process is done!
Curious as to how plants are added to structures like these? #mosaicanada gave us a sneak peek as to how it is done! Wann see for youself? All you have to do is hit the play button to watch! #canada150🇨🇦 #outaouaisfun #gatineau2017 #nature #plantstructure #art #artpiece #artstructure #ottawablogger #canadianblogger
It felt as though we were wandering through mini secret gardens. Each piece has its own bit of magic and whimsy to it.
I also got excited when I saw this sculpture. Can you tell who it is?
How many plants does it take to make these pieces come to life? Oh, just over a million! Some of these works, such as The Legend of Wìsakedjàk, are over five metres high, and Mother Earth will be gazing down upon Wìsakedjàk (and visitors to the park) from thirteen metres in the sky!
There will be so much to see at Jacques-Cartier Park with MOSAΪCANADA 150/GATINEAU 2017! The contributions made by the First Nations people to this site is definitely a section you will not want to miss. Am I excited to see all of the sculptures at this site during the Canada 150? You know I am! It is on my list of sights to see and do this year! This is also on the blog’s list 20 Family Events in Ottawa-Outaouais to Celebrate Canada 150! Prepare to be amazed at all of beauty and artistry this site has waiting for you.