Monday, June 1, 2009

trees for Salzburg exhibit

The bonsai club Salzburg, Austria will have a public exhibit this coming weekend. They asked me to provide a couple of trees which should appeal to the broad public. I chose the Rocky Mountain Juniper as it is a good example of a really old collected tree. And it is around or more than 1,000 years old. This appeals to journalists (tv expected) and the broad public although it is not so important.
And then the Japanese maple looks like folks expect a Japanese bonsai to look like.


Anonymous said...


I have to voice my disappointment in your reasoning for choosing the Japanese Maple. I feel as though you have a perfect chance to exhibit the naturalistic style that you have been so key in developing. Isn't this an opportunity to show people that bonsai are NOT the stereotypical cookie-cutter images of the Japanese rules? If you are trying to appeal to the public I can't help but to think that showing them a tree that they can relate to as a tree in miniature form would be more appealing as your potential audience most likely do not share the ideals of the Japanese masters' adherence to rules, and may spread more influence of what bonsai is capable of being about. In terms of web design, eventually you have to stop supporting the old browsers so that technology can move forward.

Walter Pall said...

Oh well, you overestimate the willingness of the gneral public to be taught. They want to see what they expect. Otherwise it is not good for them. In the end they don't count at all anyway. Only a core of a few hundred people in bonsai really count.
Why should I bother about the public?


Shaukat Islam said...


Your RMJ is always a pleasure to look at; 1000 years or not, doesn't matter at all.
The crown has developed nicely since your last post.

Good luck to you at the Expo.

To Anonymous, I would say branding Japanes bonsai as 'cookie-cutters' is a very irrational statement. While there are some examples which can be termed as 'cookie-cutters' but that cannot be applied grossly for all Japanese bonsai. And the sense of balance, branch movement and pot selection the Japanese have shown over the years, is something we all can learn from.

And the Maple to me, frankly speaking, does not depict a typical Japanese Maple bonsai. A true bonsai lover will never get 'influenced' by what as you say, the Japanese masters' rules.

A good bonsai is a good bonsai, whether it be from Japan, Europe or Timbuktu!

Walter has rightly said: "Only a core of a few hundred people in bonsai really count."