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10 fantastical living garden sculptures

By: Anna Norris on Aug. 21, 2013, 6:09 p.m.
Tree with sculpted birds in the branches

Photo: Andre Vandal/Flickr

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The Bird Tree

MIM's "The Bird Tree" stands 16 feet tall, its branches reaching nearly 60 feet in diameter. The 100-ton sculpture took six years to sketch and build!

"The Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal team put all its passion and expertise into creating 'The Bird Tree,' MIM2013’s emblematic work and one that espouses the competition’s third subtheme: Earth’s endangered species and ecosystems," MIM describes. "The Bird Tree’s branches transform themselves into 56 bird species, while its roots change into a Kakapo (also referred to as an owl parrot, the only parrot unable to fly) and six species of amphibians and reptiles. All these species — birds, amphibians, reptiles — are among the most endangered on Earth, according to the IUCN Red List."