December 23, 2018 per Steve Hanley
In 1998, Lise Cormier, head of the Department of Gardens and Green Spaces and the Montreal Botanical Garden, came up with the idea of an international mosaic competition. According to Wikipedia, mosaic farming is the art of creating giant topiary-like sculptures using thousands of annuals growing on steel support structures.
As part of Canada's 150th anniversary celebrations in 2017, a large mosaic exhibition was held at the Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau, Quebec. It featured sculptures representing Canada's 10 provinces and 3 territories as well as indigenous peoples.
In 2018, many of the sculptures were transferred to his native province. One of them, a representation of a muskox, was transported to Yellowknife, a city in the Northwest Territories of Canada. The muskox is native to this area, as well as Alaska and Greenland.
When the horticultural muskox – which has hair made of grass and a face of moss – arrived in November. The city held a contest to select a name for it. He has received more than 240 suggestions and a total of 1,509 votes. At the CleanTechnica, our motto is: "All the Tesla news that fit, we print." And so, we are pleased to report that the winner, with 123 votes, was – wait for him – Elon Muskox. Other suggestions included our personal favorite, Musky McMuskoxface.
Rebecca Alty, the mayor of Yellowknife, tells National Post Office Elon Muskox will require regular care, as grass and moss will grow over time. "It's a giant … chia pet," says Alty. "Let's see how it grows. That's what happened when you lived in the south for two years, and then we'll see how it grows here in Yellowknife next summer. His face will become more and more mossy as he grows older. "A member of the city team has already been trained on how to keep Elon Muskox properly prepared.
Mayor Alty says her government came to Elon Musk for a comment, but has not yet received a response. "We hope to do that," she says. So if you read this, Elon, please call her or at least tweet about that signal honor. It is not every day that someone gets a giant pet named Chia.