A look back at Mosaïcultures internationales de Montréal 2003

MIM 2003 View from an airplane

The second Mosaïcultures Internationales Montréal (MIM 2003) competition took place in during the summer of 2003 with the theme “Myths and Legends of the World.” Over 51 cities and organizations from 32 countries created the hundred or so works of floral art that were admired by more than 755,000 visitors during the exhibition’s 110-day run.

In total, the event involved more than three million plants along with the talents of 70 horticulturalists and gardeners, who watered and maintained the works.

Ritual of the Gelede or the Secret women, Catanou, Benin

The City of tales and legends

The setting of the site was based on the event’s theme. As visitors left the financial district downtown, they went south on Rue McGill all the way to the Port. Behind them were the buildings, old and new, where everything began for Montréal. At the main entrance to MIM2003 was the “City of a Hundred Steeples,” a dream version of Montréal, an imaginary version and a Mosaiculture version. Visitors left behind Montréal, the real city, to explore the city of tales and legends, the legend of the Chasse-galerie passing over the “City of a Hundred Steeples.” Visitors then embarked on a stroll through a world of mysteries and tales, to an encounter with the marvellous, the fabulous, the fantastic, on the flowery path of dreams.

Hypnos who served as a guide: the God of sleep, dream catcher for the Gods of Olympia

Source : Mon coin de jardin

It is Hypnos who served as a guide: the God of sleep, dream catcher for the Gods of Olympia. The works, set up to give a perspective effect, formed discontinuous dreams that echoed one another.

The MIM2003 site was designed as a dreamlike journey through the “Myths and Legends of the World,” the event’s theme. Following the example of MIM2000, the exhibits were laid out in such a manner that each gave added value to the others, while being put in focus by its neighbours.

Two complementary events were also held:

Inter-borough contest

This contest was extended to the whole of the city’s territory. The 17 boroughs were invited to present works in their respective territories.

Contest in island of Montréal Schools

In order to make children aware of the importance of the environment in all its aspects and the importance of the planet’s cultural diversity, another contest took place in the schools of the island of Montréal which invited students to participate in MIM2003 by submitting a project of myths and legends. Selected works were created by children assisted by MIM specialists. These were exhibited at the Place du Québec at the MIM2003 site. The awards went to the “La Voie Primaire” school with a work titled “Et si la terre avait été créée par les quatre éléments” (And If the Earth Had Been Created by the Four Elements), and the “Honoré Mercier” high school with a work titled “La Chasse-galerie” (The Bewitched Canoe).

Award-winners of MIM 2003

While the host city cannot take part in the competition, any work it produces is nonetheless eligible for the People’s Choice Award: a prize decided through popular vote as visitors nominate their favourite work before leaving the site.

Grand Honorary Jury Award (3D):  Ex-aequo

The legend of the Multicolored stones, Shanghaï, ChineThe legend of the Multicolored stones, Shanghaï, ChineDay dreaming in a 17th century garden, Paris, FranceDay dreaming in a 17th century garden, Paris, FranceHonorary Award (2D): The legend of the Graouilly, Metz, FranceThe legend of the Graouilly, Metz, FranceExcellence Award (2D) : 

Gold medal: The legend of Dâmbovita, Bucarest, Roumania

The legend of Dâmbovita, Bucarest, Roumania

Excellence Award (3D) :

Gold medal : The ” Ducasse” of  Mons, Province of Hainaut, Belgium

The " Ducasse" of  Mons, Province of Hainaut, Belgium

Silver medal : The Malobiannah Legend, Edmundston, Canada

 The Malobiannah Legend, Edmundston, Canada

Bronze medal : The legend of Moby Dick, Boston, USA

The legend of Moby Dick, Boston, USA

People’s Choice Award : The Legend of Mother Heart, Montréal and Province de Québec, Canada (a Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal’s realization)

 The Legend of Mother Heart

A few more noteworthy works from MIM 2003

Buddha and the City of the Seven cities, New-Delhi, India

Buddha and the City of the Seven cities, New-Delhi, India

Janus, He who know, Genoa, Italy

Janus, He who know, Genoa, Italy

The conquest of fire, Canada

The conquest of fire, Canada

 The Fantastic great Wall, Pekin, China

The Fantastic great Wall, Pekin, China

The Tiger God, Malaysia

The Tiger God, Malaysia

 How the Cobras protected Buddha, MIM 2003

 How the Cobras protected Buddha, MIM 2003
Source: International Mosaiculture Committee

Comité international des Mosaicultures