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Thoughts on the Art of Bonsai

Thoughts on the Art of Bonsai

By Walter J. Scott

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  • Harnessing time

    Harnessing time

    Bonsai artists collaborate with nature and natural processes but they harness time. Read more

  • How Old is Bonsai Anyway?

    How Old is Bonsai Anyway?

    Recent articles suggest that Japanese bonsai originated around 200 years ago, and that Western ideas influenced its development. Read more

  • Practical Magic

    Practical Magic

    Is there a Tao of Bonsai? The recent article in the New Yorker about Ryan Neil prompted a closer look at the origins of bonsai, “practical magic” and the current relationship of Taoism to both art and bonsai. Read more

  • Bonsai De-constructed

    Bonsai De-constructed

    The Bonsai Vision of Aarin Packard “A thousand years from now, what will Bonsai be? I guess I would say if it looked the same as it does today, I’ll be very disappointed.”- Aarin Packard I spoke with Aarin Packard at the inaugural Pacific Bonsai Exhibition held at the Bridgeyard in Oakland, California October 2022.… Read more

  • Trade Zone

    Trade Zone

    Review of the 2022 Pacific Bonsai Expo The inaugural Pacific Bonsai Expo was held at the Bridgeyard, an industrial site adjacent to the Port of Oakland, on a strip of land within view of the ships, giant cranes, containers stacked five levels high, and other machinery of the global economy. Billed as a regional bonsai… Read more

  • How Big Was Naka’s Bird?

    How Big Was Naka’s Bird?

    Pacific Bonsai Expo 2022 Special exhibit There were two special exhibits included in this show that underscore the exchange of ideas and perhaps the creative tensions regarding the future of bonsai between East and West. The central area of the exhibit space featured an original art installation by Eric Shrader and Linda Mahara, an origami… Read more

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