Welcome to the Front Desk
We have asked our presenters to tell us a little about
why they do what they do and what they are hoping you will see, through
their display. This month’s display features:
Bonsai Trees -- Mr. Reed
Tell us about what you will be exhibiting in our lobby display case?
“The exhibit presented, is a snapshot of a body of sculptured art work know as Bonsai (pronounced BONS-eye). Bonsai basically means a plant, tree, or group of trees or plans growing in a container. The art of bonsai is all about growing miniature trees in the form of full-size trees. The art form is not just the styling of the tree but the composite picture of a cohesive whole: the visual balance between the pot and tree, the appearance of the soil, and the creative process of producing an art with beauty and plants but the display art presented has been created and designed from were grown from living trees. The featured bonsai styled as a semi-cascade titled “Life and Tragedy.”
How did you start to do this type of work/collecting?
“The idea of creating an artificial bonsai developed while attempting to design a centerpiece for a small Japanese dry landscape rock garden on the front porch of my Chinese style home. (I) educated myself with books on bonsai and became driven with the idea of perfecting the design of that first crude tree into trees that attempts (to) convince the viewer the tree is real. The presented sculptured art of “Silent Bonsai” (artificial trees without the voice of living trees) was a self-taught process achieved through countless hours of trial and error over the past 20 years.”
As people stop and take in your display, what do you hope they will gain from the experience?
“Hopefully the viewer will be surprised to know the trees are not real yet after reading the information provided, see the art of bonsai in a totally different artistic perspective relating to human qualities and emotions. Be creatively challenged and inspired by a self-taught artist who seeks the embodiment of creative “soul” into each of his semi-cascade, full-cascade and literati windswept bonsai trees featured in this display. Enjoy.”
-- If you have a collection you would like to display, please contact Diane at 708-798-0121 ext. 226. --
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