THE FAMILY TREE

A mosaiculture presented by Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie, Canada. (Photo: Guy Boily)

This mosaiculture work is a tribute to the family unit, which is the foundation of our society. The birth of a child, an event full of joy and hope, exemplifies the theme of this edition of the Mosaïcultures Internationales, “Land of Hope.”

In many countries, a tree is planted to mark the birth of a child. The Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie boroughs are no strangers to this tradition, thanks to a special program whereby a newborn’s family can have a tree planted in a municipal park to honour the arrival of new life.

This horticultural work of art represents a tree within which appears a family. The tree’s primary limbs symbolize the two parents, and also the two boroughs in which the Space for Life and its Botanical Garden are located. The piece shows one parent holding a newborn, while an older sibling hides behind the other parent. Colourful flourishes within the vegetation are meant to evoke Montréal’s multiethnic composition and the heightened importance of new immigrants.

The tree’s upper foliage, shown between the two adults, forms a heart shape that expresses the powerful bond of love within a family. Each small leaf also bears the heart motif, to indicate that this love will be transmitted to newborns still to come and to future generations.

Hochelaga-Rosemont-MIM2013-Copyright, Guy Boily