Pea­cock king at Wind­sor Park

Le Messager Lachine & Dorval - - LOCAL NEWS - GRÉ­GO­RY WIL­SON

GARDENING. A re­gal pea­cock now re­places the po­pu­lar hor­ti­cul­tu­ral ins­tal­la­tion of a dra­gon per­ching above a small hob­bit’s house at the cor­ner of Daw­son Ave­nue and Fe­ne­lon Bou­le­vard in Dor­val.

“We de­ci­ded to change it this year, for the sake of no­vel­ty,” said Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Of­fi­cer Sté­phane Gau­thier.

The new mo­sai­cul­ture is a way for the Ci­ty to “high­light the beau­ty of this ani­mal”. The steel struc­ture is or­na­men­ted with count­less flo­wers down the pea­cock’s back. Rows of plants and flo­wers form at the base th­ree se­mi­circles to create the pat­tern of an ele­gant, rain­bow-co­lou­red tail.

More plants, flo­wers and rocks will be ar­ran­ged around the sculp­ture in the co­ming days to put the fi­ni­shing touch on the la­test park dwel­ler.

Fans of the for­mer Hob­bit mo­vie-ins­pi­red ins­tal­la­tion can take so­lace in the fact that Smaug will live on. While the hob­bits’ house has of­fi­cial­ly re­ti­red, the dra­gon will find a new home at the Sur­rey Aqua­tic and Com­mu­ni­ty Centre.

(Pho­to: Mé­tro Mé­dia – Fran­çois Le­mieux)

The pea­cock is loo­king down at his un­fi­ni­shed tail.

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