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« on: September 13, 2013, 12:49:18 AM »
Earth as art

The Mosaïcultures Internationales Montréal exhibit, hosted at the Montreal Botanical Garden, has invited countries from all over the world to submit the most awe-inspiring horticultural sculptures. This year's theme, "Land of Hope," features more than 50 sculptures from about 20 countries and runs through Sept. 29. Plus, it's not just for looks. It's essentially a horticultural arts Olympics (yep, there's actually a winner!) with a thread of environmental initiatives woven through every piece of art. Check out these 10 amazing sculptures that are winners in our book. (Text: Anna Norris)

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Born with the Sun

Artist Christine Sioui Wawanoloath created "Born with the Sun" to represent the First Nations of Eastern Québec and Labrador. The piece features figures that are common in the Aborignal legends.
 
"Here, the father-bird pays tribute to the celestial and spiritual universe, while the mother-bear sows the seeds of Earth’s future," the MIM description reads. "They do this for their child, who will thereby remember his roots and grow up in harmony with all his kin. The canoe represents a new world, full of hopes and dreams to carry forth to the four corners of the world."

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A True Story

Shanghai's submission, "A True Story," depicts the real tale of a girl whose lifetime love of red crown cranes led her to care for them at the Yangcheng Nature Reserve until her tragic death, when she never resurfaced after saving an injured crane from a swamp.
 
"The moving story of this girl, told far and wide across the breadth of China, has touched the hearts of thousands of people," the MIM description reads. "To pay tribute to the wonderful spirit of the girl who saved the crane but lost her own life, a song has been composed to tell this story. The song’s title is … 'A True Story'."

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Cernunnos and the Ram-headed Serpent

Cernunnos and the Ram-headed Serpent make up a portion of the "Spirits of the Wood" installation by MIM, an experiment in shade plant sculptures. Cernunnos is the horned Celtic god of fertility and represents the cultural unification of the Celts.
 
"Far removed from its pervasive association with evil, the serpent embodies immortality, infinity and the forces underpinning the creation of all life," MIM's description reads.

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Green Man

"Green Man," a medieval pagan god, is another part of the weaving "Spirits of the Wood" installation by MIM. "Green Man" is usually surrounded by oak leaves, considered an ancient sacred tree in Great Britain, and fully embodies the spirit of trees.
 
"'Spirits of the Wood' draws on the singular and magical cachet of the willow plot to great effect," MIM describes. "The deities weave among the willows, the better to integrate themselves into this peaceful, majestic setting."

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Planting plane trees to attract the Phoenix

Beijing's "Planting plane trees to attract the Phoenix," comprised of miniature begonias, represents an ancient Chinese legend, which teaches that hard work can pay off for a beautiful planet and a happy life. In Chinese culture, the phoenix is considered to bring happiness, symbolizing peace and harmony.
 
"'Planting plane trees to attract the Phoenix' interprets humans’ positive actions on their environment, highlights the symbiosis between Man and Nature, and creates a harmonious musical movement based on sustainable development," MIM describes.

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Coexistence

"Coexistence" recalls both the landscape and environmental initiatives of Busan, South Korea. The Dongnae Crane Dance is depicted to show how humans and animals can interact peacefully. Busan emphasizes balancing development with conservation and has many habitats for threatened and endangered cranes.

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Mother Earth

MIM chose "Mother Earth" as the illustrative ambassador of the 2013 competition, inspired by a speech given by Chief Seattle when white settlers bought native land in 1854:

    “The white man must treat the beasts of this land as his brothers. […]
     
    We are part of the Earth and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters, the deer, the horse, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the juices in the meadows, the body heat of the pony, and man, all belong to the same family. […]
     
    This shining water that moves in streams and rivers is not just water but the blood of our ancestors. […]

    What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of the spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. […]

    Preserve the memory of this Earth as [we] deliver it. And with all your strength, your spirit and your heart, preserve it for your children and love it as God loves us all.”


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Hands Up!

The eerily lifelike sculpture "Hands Up!" was submitted by Borneo to raise awareness for the threatened orangutan. Bornean and Sumatran orangutans have faced severe habitat loss in Borneo and may have less than 10 years left on the planet, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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The Man Who Planted Trees

Based on the Academy Award-winning 1987 short film, "The Man Who Planted Trees" was MIM's first masterpiece. MIM consulted with the filmmaker, Frédéric Back.
 
"'The Man Who Planted Trees' was conceived as a bona fide mosaiculture garden stemming from the efforts of a single man, the shepherd Elzéard Bouffier," the MIM description reads. "Through his ceaseless and patient toil, he was able to transform a desolate, arid expanse of land into a fertile territory verdant with field and forest."
 
In the sculpture, the shepherd plants an oak tree near a flock of sheep. Adjacent, a scene of horses frolicking in the prairie illustrates the fruits of his efforts.

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The Bird Tree

MIM's "The Bird Tree" stands 16 feet tall, its branches reaching nearly 60 feet in diameter. The 100-ton sculpture took six years to sketch and build!
 
"The Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal team put all its passion and expertise into creating 'The Bird Tree,' MIM2013’s emblematic work and one that espouses the competition’s third subtheme: Earth’s endangered species and ecosystems," MIM describes. "The Bird Tree’s branches transform themselves into 56 bird species, while its roots change into a Kakapo (also referred to as an owl parrot, the only parrot unable to fly) and six species of amphibians and reptiles. All these species — birds, amphibians, reptiles — are among the most endangered on Earth, according to the IUCN Red List."

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Green Man

"Green Man," a medieval pagan god, is another part of the weaving "Spirits of the Wood" installation by MIM. "Green Man" is usually surrounded by oak leaves, considered an ancient sacred tree in Great Britain, and fully embodies the spirit of trees.
 
"'Spirits of the Wood' draws on the singular and magical cachet of the willow plot to great effect," MIM describes. "The deities weave among the willows, the better to integrate themselves into this peaceful, majestic setting."

wowowee! looks like a green gimli. ::)   ::)   ;D   8)    :-*



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