The Ambassadors of the Mosaïcultures internationales
This is a work presented by the borough of St-Léonard, Montréal. For Mosaicultures 2013, the borough of St-Léonard has chosen to present a work that in a sense has come to embody the Mosaïcultures Internationales® throughout the world: The Mallard Ducks.
Premiered during the very first edition of the Mosaïcultures Internationales®, held in Montreal in 2000, this artwork has since travelled the world. Indeed, back in Montreal for the exposition of 2003, these ducks participated in the Mosaïcultures Internationales of Shanghai, China, in 2006 and in those of Hamamatsu, Japan in 2009. So they just had to be a part of Mosaicultures 2013!
There were other stops along the way in Europe, the United States and Asia. Here is where the Mallard ducks landed: at the prestigious Festival des jardins de Chaumont-sur-Loire in France in 2001; at the 2001 edition of Euroflora, Europe’s biggest horticultural exhibition, in Genoa, Italy; at the Floralies Internationales in Liège, Belgium in 2003; at the Floralies de Nantes in 2004; at the Bellagio Conservatory in Las Vegas in both 2004 and 2006; in Redding, California in 2005; at the Pacific Flora international exhibition in Hamamatsu in 2004.
The mallard is the tamest of all ducks and easily adapts to an urban setting, making it a perfect ambassador for the Mosaïcultures Internationales 2013.
In 2000, a female mallard adopted one of the mosaiculture ducks for the purposes of laying its eggs. And so, early that summer, seven ducklings jumped into the waters of the Lachine Canal to frolic and take flight!
The mallard is the tamest of all ducks and easily adapts to an urban setting, making it a perfect ambassador for the Mosaïcultures Internationales®. Image: © ProvinceQuebec.com