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10 fantastical living garden sculptures

Aug. 21, 2013, 6:09 p.m.
Mother Earth mosaiculture sculpture

Photo: Matias Garabedian/Flickr

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Mother Earth

MIM chose "Mother Earth" as the illustrative ambassador of the 2013 competition, inspired by a speech given by Chief Seattle when white settlers bought native land in 1854:

“The white man must treat the beasts of this land as his brothers. […]

We are part of the Earth and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters, the deer, the horse, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the juices in the meadows, the body heat of the pony, and man, all belong to the same family. […]

This shining water that moves in streams and rivers is not just water but the blood of our ancestors. […]

What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of the spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. […]

Preserve the memory of this Earth as [we] deliver it. And with all your strength, your spirit and your heart, preserve it for your children and love it as God loves us all.”