Transcript of MosaïCanada
This is a bilingual video. The narration is in French and English.
[Canada 150 logo]
[Text on screen: MosaïCanada 150]
[Plants grow in a greenhouse. A hand skims over a fluffy patch of grass, while a bead of water slides down a leaf.]
[Text on screen: Lise Cormier, General Manager, Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal]
Lise Cormier (translated from French to English): "There is no better language than plants to convey our ideas."
[A woman plants small sprouts in a soil cube. A man waters a sculpture made of dozens of fibre strips sewn together.]
Lise Cormier (translated from French to English): "And we couldn’t have a better theme than our country’s Confederation, especially since Mosaïcultures Internationales was created in Canada."
[Sculptures represent different Canadian symbols: an eagle with its wings spread out, a man in ice skates, a bison…]
Lise Cormier (translated from French to English): "The exhibition will illustrate the greatness and diversity of Canada. We’re talking about 35 works, around a hundred different pieces and structures."
[In a warehouse, metal rods are assembled and welded to form the sculptures' frames.]
[Text on screen: Norm Odjick, Director General, Algonquin Anishinabed Nation Tribal Council]
Norm Odjick (translated from French to English): "For us, it was important to be at Mosaïcultures since it is located in traditionally Algonquin territory."
[A painting illustrates an Algonquin man in a canoe, surrounded by birds, rodents and a turtle with a tree on its back. A clay sculpture recreates the same image.]
Norm Odjick (translated from French to English): "We'll be there to welcome everyone to our land and to provide a bit of our history through the legend of Wisakedjak."
[Text on screen: Yves Vaillancourt, Head Horticulturalist, MosaïCanada 150]
Yves Vaillancourt (translated from French to English): "What's super interesting is that we'll be meeting people from other provinces, whether B.C., Alberta, Manitoba or the Maritime provinces."
[The words "Ferme Vaillancourt" appear on the wall of a wooden building. Two women enter a greenhouse under a tarp.]
Yves Vaillancourt (translated from French to English): "We all have this passion for horticulture in common. They have never done mosaïculture, so we'll teach them."
[Yves shows a woman how to trim the sculpture with electrical shears. He then assists a man decorating a soil animal with greenery.]
Yves Vaillancourt (translated from French to English): "They're super interested in learning because next year, all these structures -- well, not all but most of them -- will be sent to their own provinces."
[Text on screen: Erin Gorby, Horticulturalist, Coquitlam, British Columbia]
Erin Gorby: "All the way from the design of the sculptures to the fabrication of the sculptures, the welding and the steel to the art of putting the fabric on and putting the dirt inside. And you can just see the sculptures have life to them, you can see how they look realistic."
[Erin and another woman work on a steel structure in a greenhouse filled with various sculptures: a bear in movement, a bird with an eel-filled beak, a bison covered in silky grass.]
Yves Vaillancourt (translated from French to English): "If you take, for example, a bison or horse, you need to have an impression of movement, that it is living. This is the artistic side of it: choosing which plants, colours, cultivars."
[Plants of varying sizes and colors are grown in a greenhouse.]
Erin Gorby: "All of this effort is being put into this beautiful project, and I think it speaks to our Canadian values that we support projects like this where there’s so much effort going into a collaborative art project that represents the entire country."
[A group of horticulturalists works on luscious sculptures.]
[Text on screen: Annie Norrie, Horticulturalist, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island]
Anne Norrie: "This connects me to Canada because this is probably one of the biggest horticultural events, I believe, in Canada that has ever happened."
[Annie prunes a sculpture with shears.]
Anne Norrie: "And just seeing the enormous structures here is amazing."
[Text on screen: Wade Meisner, Horticulturalist, Winnipeg, Manitoba]
Wade Meisner: "It’s really nice to be working with people from coast to coast. So, this week, we were able to work with people in PEI and also people in Vancouver. So it’s really nice to get a sense of what they’re doing in their gardens."
[Wade and another man plant greenery on a sculpture forming the bottom half of a large animal.]
Anne Norrie: "I feel very privileged being here, being part of this big event for Canada."
[Canada 150 logo]
[Text on screen: canada.ca/150, #canada150]