Beech with vase. The tree is a Japanese beech ‘Fuji’ by Kazuhiro Ohashi. For more information, including the name of the artist who made the vase, you can visit the Weyerhaeuser’s Pacific Rim Arts of the Earth Exhibit
Traditions and Transitions: Arts of the Earth Exhibit
Digging way back to the early days of this century (2006), we turned up this unique exhibit from Weyerhaeuser’s Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection. Aside from saying that I very much enjoyed the photos and the concept, we’ll leave the rest to David De Groot, the curator of the collection.
In Curator David De Groot’s own words
“When I first conceived the idea for Traditions and Transitions — Arts of the Earth, I had three objectives in mind:
The first was to explore the traditional interrelationship between ceramics and bonsai — one kind of artwork being formed of the earth and the other springing from it.
The second was to explore the ways in which old concepts and methods ebb and flow as arts evolve.
The third was whether the traditional Japanese method of combining works to illustrate an idea or theme can work in a setting less structured and formal than a tokonoma (traditional art display alcove)…. ” There’s more here.
We’ve seen this oft photographed tree before, but never quite like this. It’s one of Nick Lenz‘ famous larches.
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