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Post  Tony on Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:04 pm

I guess I have seen just about all the permutations of bonsai styles of trees from nature, Dan Barton created a typical English hedgerow with a miniature wooden Stile, Chris Thomas with his Avalon Dream and Nick Lenz having trees growing through buildings... even I have introduced a stone wall reminiscent of the landscapes here in the north of the England, and naturally there are all the usual styles of bonsai that we are all familiar... But I have never seen a Bonsai Maze! is anyone up to the challenge? Shocked

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Post  landerloos on Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:33 pm

Can you explain whar a mazebonsai is to us foreigners Tony?

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Post  AlainK on Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:49 pm

You mean something like that?



Aw, come on, you'd better forget it: it will never make a nice bonsai... clown

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Post  AlainK on Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:56 pm

By the way, it's a popular attraction in a nearby city during the summer : there is a maize maze. It's even better at night, there are people in costumes frightening you, lots of fun with the kids when they were younger What a Face

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Post  Tony on Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:33 pm

landerloos wrote:Can you explain whar a mazebonsai is to us foreigners Tony?

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a Maze...

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Post  Tony on Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:34 pm

AlainK wrote:You mean something like that?



Aw, come on, you'd better forget it: it will never make a nice bonsai... clown

A MAZE ing.... yeh... it will NEVER make a bonsai tongue

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Post  landerloos on Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:35 pm

Thank you for explaining Tony, you sure need a lott of trees for that projekt.

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Post  AlainK on Thu Apr 23, 2009 4:32 pm

Kidding aside, maybe it could be done with lonicera nitida cuttings.

But I have doubts about the aesthetic value of the result.

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Post  TreeKiller64 on Fri Apr 24, 2009 3:51 am

Hey Tone'
Are we going over the Hedge abit here? I mean the "Barton thing" was a JOKE? RIGHT?
and the rest are really not true BONSAI, C'mon Nick L. with the tree through the old cathedral??? Shocked
I know we all call it bonsai,,,BONSAI,,, but its truely bearing on the definition of Penjing, or a landscape planting.
Don't get me wrong I like what they've done, and their push from the ordinary. But a maze? Its not BONSAI,
Tony, I believe a bonsai is a tree or trees that can stand on their own when being contemplated/judged they don't need a statuary or castle to support the idea the artist was trying to convey to the viewer. This is where I think
Bonsai differs from Penjing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penjing) or Bonkei (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonkei)
ETC. and so forth.
But on a upswing,,, i think if someone could convey a Maze in a pot in minature ,,,would be different if not cool.
Best of luck,,
Sincerely,,
KJ

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Post  Alan Walker on Fri Apr 24, 2009 5:21 am

Bonsai--Penjing--Topiary. Who cares what it is called? Of course, it's not serious bonsai, but what fun it might be to try. Maybe even a step further into a three dimensional maze, i.e. a maze cube!
Here's Dan Barton's hedge bonsai which was displayed at BCI '91 in Birmingham, UK in July 1991.

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Post  Rob Kempinski on Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:28 pm

Alan Walker wrote:Bonsai--Penjing--Topiary. Who cares what it is called? Of course, it's not serious bonsai, but what fun it might be to try.

Why is it not a serious bonsai? Ask the trees in the composition if they are serious about accomplishing photosynthesis, if they are serious about living in a pot? What is a serious bonsai? Arrow

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Post  Randy_Davis on Fri Apr 24, 2009 4:59 pm

Rob Kempinski wrote:Why is it not a serious bonsai? Ask the trees in the composition if they are serious about accomplishing photosynthesis, if they are serious about living in a pot? What is a serious bonsai?

A maze, hedge or any of those types are "half-breeds" but certainly more akin to western culture Topiary work. Their only relationship to bonsai is the cultural techniques of keeping them small in scale. There's nothing wrong with them but the examples given have little or no artistic value in and of themselves to my eye. Used in combination with other elements, a larger tree, a garden view, or larger landscape to tell a story about a place might have more overall apeal and artistic value. That would certainly go beyond the traditional "Bonsai" theme and is something to be explored without predjudice. It's just not "traditional".

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Post  dennismc on Sat Apr 25, 2009 2:39 am

Hi Folks

If I may offer a suggestion these 'tray landscapes' are becoming more popular in Australia.

They generally go by the Japanese name 'Saikei'.

To be successful they can be quite a challenge. Often they represent something from the creators memories, thus can be quite personal. For example I am familiar with one here in Oz that was created by a bonsaist for her husband, to remind him of Constable's paintings. He being an avid fan of the painter.


they are often created from young trees, or trees not considered good enough for an individual bonsai and almost any other material available such as plants, rocks and models of animals. The result can be quite spectacular. Generally as far as possible the rules of Bonsai are followed although some free creativity is allowed.

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Post  Joe Hatfield on Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:06 pm

I like the idea! I will put some efforts into this. Im thinking Kingsville boxwood in mass, in a 3' X 3' box tray or even bigger. I was also thinking wire framing with a small leave ivy growing through it. Anyone is welcome to the ideas I just mentioned. NOt that there totally awesome or anything. Smile

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