14-foot praying mantis to be installed in Hamilton City Hall forecourt

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Published June 8, 2021 at 4:02 pm

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The City of Hamilton horticulture team began installing “Mickey Mantis” on Tuesday (Jun 8).

The 14-foot floral sculpture of a praying mantis will be on display in the City Hall forecourt.

The install is expected to take two days to complete and the sculpture will remain until early October, weather permitting.

“I am always impressed by the incredible talent demonstrated by our Horticulturalists,” said Craig Murdoch, Director, Environmental Services. “While residents were unable to enjoy the Spring Tide Bulb Show this spring, we are happy that we were able to bring this topiary feature to City Hall for residents to enjoy over the summer months.”

Mickey Mantis was previously displayed at the 2019 Fall Garden & Mum Show and is made up of approximately 1,300 individual plants.

Seven kinds of plants make up the sculpture, including six Alternanthera varieties, Lysimachia nummularia (Goldilocks), and moss.

Materials for the floral display will be transported by forestry staff from the Gage Park greenhouse to City Hall to be assembled by six of the City’s horticulture team members.

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