City councillors host theme days
Mosaïcultures back — with 18 themes!
The 2018 version of Mosaïcultures 2018 has Gatineau’s city councillors each presenting one theme. Aylmer’s four representatives will individually host a theme which has a special connection for them. This year’s Mosaïcultures will feature 45 gigantic art pieces made up of more than 5.5 million flowers and other plants, at the same location, Hull’s Jacques-Cartier Park on Laurier Street.
Maude Marquis-Bissonnette, councillor for Le Plateau ward, is sponsoring the theme, Nature, on July 14 and 15. “This theme concerns me, since I am president of the city’s Commission for the development of territory, lodging and environment,” she commented. The councillor invited the city’s citizens and visitors to inspect the “Bird Tree” which depicts 57 endangered species of birds. The tree has just been set up in the park.
Lucerne’s councillor, Gilles Chagnon, is sponsoring the theme, Canada in Flowers, on July 28 and 29. Flowers are a passion for his whole family, reports the councillor; “they embellish everything in our city’’. Mr. Chagnon’s family hosts a party every year to commemorate his deceased father’s birthday, and this year, everyone in the family will be present at the Mosaïcultures to honour the family’s patriarch.
Mike Duggan, councillor for Deschênes, will host the theme of the Hiroshima Commemoration, August 6. The American military dropped the first atomic bomb in warfare on Hiroshima, Japan, August 6, 1945. More than 70 000 persons died from that bombing, bringing the Second World War to an end. “Commemorating this event reminds us of the importance of peace,’’ said Mr. Duggan, and the destruction of war.
Audrey Bureau, councillor for Aylmer ward, will host the theme of Seniors on International Seniors Day, October 1. “I chose this theme,” stated Ms Bureau; “family is a fundamental part of life for me. I enjoy a privileged relationship with mine and especially with my grandmother.’’
Mosaïcultures’ first edition was held during Canada’s 150th festivities last year with free admission. This year, however, admission is $20, with tickets available on the event’s website.
The Park is beside the Canadian Museum of History, across and downstream from the Parliament buildings and near the National Arts Gallery of Canada. Last year’s displays brought praise from literally around the world.