About the organizer: Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal (MIM)
The non-profit corporation Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal (MIM) was created in 1998 to launch the first-ever Mosaïcultures Internationales® in the Parc des Éclusiers (Old Port of Montréal), in association with the city’s Parks, Gardens and Green Spaces Department. Its mission is to promote gardening and horticulture as both an expression of new millennium values and a vital component of the urban landscape. MIM has represented Montréal at Mosaïcultures Internationales® Shanghai (2006) and Hamamatsu (2009), winning both the Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award at both events. MIM will represent Montréal at the 9th China (Beijing) International Garden Expo in spring 2013.
A SHORT HISTORY
2000 – Montréal 2000 world premiere
Theme: The Planet is a Mosaic
Participants: 35 cities and organizations from 14 countries
Visitors: 730,000 (110 days)
2003 – Mosaïcultures Internationales Montréal 2003
Theme: Myths and Legends of the World
Participants: 51 cities and organizations from 32 countries
Visitors: 755,000 (110 days)
2006 – Mosaïcultures Internationales Shanghai 2006
Theme: The Earth, Our Village
Participants: 55 cities and organizations from 15 countries
Visitors: over 1,000,000 (76 days)
2009 – Mosaïcultures Internationales Hamamatsu 2009
Under the honorary presidency of Prince Akishino
Theme: The Symphony of People and Nature
Participants: 97 cities and organizations from 25 countries
Visitors: 865,000 (66 days)
About the competition: Mosaïcultures Internationales®
Mosaïcultures Internationales® is at once an international mosaiculture competition, an exhibition of horticultural art and a chance for the representatives from parks, gardens and green spaces around the world to exchange ideas. All works presented must represent something of the participant’s culture while responding to a predefined theme and complying with the principles of sustainable development. Mosaïcultures Internationales®, a triennial competition, also offers participants a chance to promote their specific attractions.
Winners are determined by an international jury composed of key figures in the field. Visitors to the event are also invited to vote for their favourite work.
About the International Mosaiculture Committee (IMC)
Mosaïcultures Internationales® answers to the International Mosaiculture Committee, which was created in the first year of the event in Montréal (MIM2000). Its mission is to foster development and innovation in mosaiculture as well as regulate competitions held in the framework of local, national and international events. It is also mandated to promote the art of gardening by encouraging friendly and professional relations between the various stakeholders with an interest in mosaiculture.
Mosaiculture is a refined horticultural art that involves creating and mounting living artworks made primarily from plants with colourful foliage (generally annuals, and occasionally perennials). The colourful two- and three-dimensional drawings, designs, sculptures and reliefs thus created employ a wide variety of flora. This multifaceted and complex discipline, an ornamental art, draws on numerous practices: on sculpture for its structure and volume, on painting for its palette, and on horticulture in its use of plants in a living, constantly changing environment. Mosaiculture should be distinguished from topiary, which features mostly shrubs pruned to create different shapes.
About our volunteers
Many volunteers work hard to make your Mosaïculture experience even greater. Actually, the Friends of the Montreal Botanical Garden offer guided tours and inform you about the plant varieties that compose art works. Thank you to our 126 volunteers!