Meet Micky Mantis, the 14-foot floral statue being installed at Hamilton city hall


Don't worry, a giant insect hasn't descended on Hamilton city hall.

Meet Mickey Mantis, a 14-foot floral sculpture being installed in the forecourt by the horticulture team on Tuesday.

"I am always impressed by the incredible talent demonstrated by our horticulturalists," said Craig Murdoch, Hamilton's director of environmental services.

Murdoch said his team is "happy to bring this topiary feature to city hall for residents to enjoy over the summer months."

The city says the installation is expected to take two days to complete, and will remain on display throughout the summer and into early October, weather permitting.

City hall isn't the first site where Micky Mantis has strutted its stuff.

The sculpture was previously displayed at the 2019 Fall Garden and Mum Show. It's made up of approximately 1,300 individual plants, according to the city.

Floral heaven

Seven kinds of plants make up the praying mantis, including moss, six Alternanthera varieties and Lysimachia nummularia (also known as goldilocks, moneywort and creeping jenny).

Materials for the floral display will be transported from the Gage Park greenhouse to city hall, where they'll be assembled by six horticulture team members.

The praying mantis isn't the first living artwork to go up outside city hall.

Ralph, a big, puffy, playful puppy made mostly out of grass and wire was installed in the same spot in 2018.