COQUITLAM, BC, March 15, 2017 – City of Coquitlam gardeners travelled across the country this week to bring a slice of the West Coast to the largest horticultural event in Canada.
Coquitlam was selected to represent B.C. in MosaiCanada 150/Gatineau 2017, a public attraction in Gatineau, Que. this summer that will feature colourful, towering ecosculptures from across the country as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
Funded by Canadian Heritage and led by Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montreal, the Canada 150 event will run July 1 to Oct. 15 at Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau and feature 13 mosaïculture creations – a blend of horticulture, sculptural metal frames and paint-inspired palettes – along with a few dozen other mosaïculture artworks.
Coquitlam’s contribution will be a 23-foot-tall replica of Bill Reid’s bronze killer whale statue, Chief of the Undersea World, planted with colourful Alternanthera and other flowering plants.
The City has received funding from Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montreal to support its participation in this event.
In the company of gardeners from across Canada, Coquitlam gardeners Erin Gorby and Charissa Steel are in Laval, Que. the week of Mar. 13 to review the production of the City’s ecosculpture frame and participate in planting activities.
The planted frame – which will stretch 14 feet long and 10 feet wide – will then be shipped to Gatineau in June to be assembled and readied for the Canada Day opening. The frame will return home at the end of the year to be installed in one of Coquitlam’s parks or public spaces (still to be determined) as a legacy of Canada 150.
The original Bill Reid killer whale statue, Chief of the Undersea World, is on display at the Vancouver Aquarium in British Columbia.
Coquitlam and B.C. residents travelling to Gatineau and the Ottawa area this summer are invited to visit the ecosculpture and post pictures of it on social media with the hashtag #explorecoquitlam.
The ecosculptures exhibition will celebrate different aspects of Canadian heritage, Canadian Confederation, founding peoples and First Nations.
The other provincial and territorial ecosculptures on display will include a gold digger from the Yukon, muskoxes from the Northwest Territories, a drum dancer from Nunavut, a wild rose from Alberta, a polar bear from Manitoba, the Niagara gateway from Ontario, a horse in a field by New Brunswick, a fisherman and dory by Nova Scotia, a red fox by Prince Edward Island, and puffins by Newfoundland and Labrador. The themes for Saskatchewan and Quebec are still being determined.
Images are posted at https://flic.kr/s/aHskSvDgqN.
City of Coquitlam