Carpet bedding—but in three dimensions? “Mosaiculture” has long been celebrated in Asia. Louis was hired to represent Boston at its first world-wide festival, in Montreal.
- The entry display, mounted by China, used a fifty-foot dragon to realize the festival's inaugural year. Louis's display celebrating Boston is just on the dragon's far side.
- After passing by the dragon from China, visitors descended the steps down to the main display area. Louis's family of swans, representing Boston, is at the center left; at the front, the parterre of Paris.
- Louis keeps the mother swan calm, while the dignified parterre that was the Paris entry brings up the rear.
- What could be more Boston-iconic than the swans in the lake in the Common? The mother is "feathered" in thousands of—wait for it—hens & chicks.
- The family of swans—the mother & three cygnets—are paddling in a pond of blue juniper. The cygnets are "feathered" in gray santolina; the mother in hens & chicks.
- Louis & the festival designer, from Belgium, discuss the news of the day.