The Man Who Planted Trees
A work created by Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal in honor of Frédéric Back

The exhibition’s first masterpiece, this piece conveys the positive impact man can have on his environment, which is one of the competition’s five subthemes. The Man Who Planted Trees pays tribute to Frédéric Back, who crafted a superb animated film version of Jean Giono’s fable of the same title.

Mr. Back contributed many suggestions for the overall improvement of the works on display at MIM2013 and created by Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal. A number of innovations are attributable to his recommendations. His buzzwords are life and motion.

The Man Who Planted Trees is a film with an ecological and philosophical message. It has garnered dozens of awards since its release in 1987, most notably the Oscar for the best animated film at the 60th annual awards ceremony of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on April 11, 1988, in Hollywood. Christopher Plummer narrated the English version, and Philippe Noiret the French version.

“When I consider that a single man, relying only on his own simple physical and moral resources, was able to transform a desert into this land of Canaan, I am convinced that despite everything, the human condition is truly admirable.”  - (Jean Giono, The Man Who Planted Trees).

This work of art was conceived as a bona fide mosaiculture garden stemming from the efforts of a single man, the shepherd Elzéard Bouffier. Through his ceaseless and patient toil, he was able to transform a desolate, arid expanse of land into a fertile territory verdant with field and forest.

Elzéard Bouffier is depicted here planting a young oak, in a desert—evoked by the bed of stones—where his flock are grazing. Elzéard’s dog is intrigued by the visitors walking past.

The horses galloping in the prairie and the goat drinking from the well embody the return of life made possible by the action of this sole individual, said action represented here by his cape spread out across the entire site.

The topiary The Man Who Planted Trees received the Grand Honorary Award from the international jury as well as the People’s Choice Award at Mosaïcultures Internationales Hamamatsu in 2009, held under the aegis of Japan’s Imperial Family (Frédéric Back helped design the work presented in Hamamatsu).

The Man Who Planted Trees was subsequently presented at the Shanghai World Fair in 2010.  It was on display at the 9th International Garden Expo in Beijing, concurrently with its appearance in Montréal, in 2013.

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The Man Who Planted Trees pays tribute to Frédéric Back, author of a superb animated film version of Jean Giono’s fable of the same title. Photo by © Lucie Dumalo

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Elzéard’s dog is intrigued by the visitors walking past. Photo by © Lucie Dumalo

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This piece conveys the positive impact man can have on his environment. Photo by © Lucie Dumalo

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Mr. Back contributed many suggestions for the overall improvement of the works on display at the exposition and created by Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal.
Photo by © ProvinceQuebec.com

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The Man Who Planted Trees is a film with an ecological and philosophical message. It has garnered dozens of awards since its release in 1987, most notably the Oscar for the best animated film at the 60th annual awards ceremony of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on April 11, 1988, in Hollywood.
Photo by © ProvinceQuebec.com

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 “When I consider that a single man, relying only on his own simple physical and moral resources, was able to transform a desert into this land of Canaan, I am convinced that despite everything, the human condition is truly admirable.”  - Jean Giono, The Man Who Planted Trees. Photo by © ProvinceQuebec.com

homme qui plantait arbres

The horses galloping in the prairie are the action of this sole individual, said action represented here by his cape spread out across the entire site. Photo by © ProvinceQuebec.com

goat drinking

The goat drinking from the well embodie the return of life. Photo by © ProvinceQuebec.com

sheep

This work was on display at the 9th International Garden Expo in Beijing, in 2013. Photo by © ProvinceQuebec.com

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