2000 Montreal International Mosaicultures revisited
The first edition of Mosaïcultures Internationales exhibition (MIM) was held in Montreal during the summer of 2000, with the theme of “The Planet is a Mosaic.” . More than 30 cities and organizations from 14 countries participated at this biggest horticultural exhibition and competition.
Over a hundred floral works had been created. More than 730 000 visitors originated from Quebec, Canada and others countries, had seen them during the 110 days of this world biggest floral exhibition. In total, three million plants were required and 68 horticulturists and gardeners had assured their watering and maintenance.
Quebec Tourism Grand prize
An initiative of Montreal’s municipal parks, gardens and green spaces the event was first held at the Écluses au Vieux-Port de Montréal park.
The event was an unprecedented success that surpassed all expectations. It also earned the Grand Prix du Tourisme (Gold Medal) from the Quebec Government for the year 2000.
The strength of the Mosaïcultures Internationales™ concept exists in the way the theme is integrated, as well as the setting of the competition site and the designs of the exhibits. As well, the exhibits are presented in such a way as to create the effect of a whole while at the same time giving added value to each in relation to the others.
It is such that in 2000, it was the image of the Port that was selected for the global layout of the site: the Port as a trade location, where the best or essential, arrives or leaves. This fact and the image of the Port, the realities of the history of the Old Port of Montréal and the symbols that were brought there were used as a backdrop to highlight the “The Planet is a Mosaic” theme.
The setting also made use of a transitory reality which characterizes our era. That is why, rather than trying to transform the area into something else altogether, Mosaïcultures Internationales™ added an ephemeral quality, turning it into a Port of imagination, a Port of the year 2000.
In this unique environment, the sites were designed to enhance the exhibits, while enlivening this Port where treasures were displayed to showcase the cultural richness of the planet, through mosaiculture.
Grand Prize Winners of MIM2000
It is important to emphasize that the host city cannot participate in the contest. However, it may be eligible for the People’s Choice Award, which recognizes the exhibit most appreciated by the visitors who vote on site.
Grand Honorary Award (2D & 3D): Two Dragons Playing With a Pearl. Shanghai, China
Honorary Award (2D): Parterre. Paris, France
Honorary Award (3D): A Legendary Past and an Exciting Future! Boston, United States
Excellence Award (2D) :
Gold Medal: The Floral Clock. Geneva, Switzerland
Silver Medal: The Canute’s Workshop. Lyon, France
Bronze Medal: Tied:
Grouping of Coats-of-Arms and Emblems:Valence, Bourg-en-Bresse, Région Rhône-Alpes et Floralies de Nantes, France, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Malaysia. The Valance Team, France
Combination of the City Coats-of-Arms and the 2006 Winter Olympic Games Emblem. Turin, Italy
Excellence Award (3D):
Gold Medal: Blast Off to Imagination Land! Province of Hainaut, Belgium
Silver Medal: Valparaíso, Our Garden the Sea! Valparaíso, Chile
Bronze Medal: The Friendship Ambassador. District of Daoli, Harbin, China
People’s Choice Award : The Dragon and the Phoenix Spread Joy! Harbin, China
Some other beautiful works of MIM 2000 :
The Welcoming Turtle, Assembly of First Nations, Canada
Mallards Taking off! Quebec, Canada
Totem, Assembly of First Nations, Canada
Text source : International Mosaicultures Commitee