Written from a Zen perspective, this guide shows how an understanding of Zen aesthetics and its profound influence on bonsai design can improve your skills at shaping, displaying and appreciating bonsai. For example, most bonsai feature a triangular shape because it symbolizes the relationship between life-giving force, the artist and the work created. Similarly, bonsai trees are planted off-centre because they represent heaven and earth. The central point in the pot is where heaven and earth meet and nothing is allowed to occupy this space. Aimed at both novice and more experienced bonsai enthusiasts, the book explains the key stages of creating bonsai, from first inspirations in nature and choosing your tree to appropriate shaping techniques and practicalities such as root trimming and watering. The book features photographs and annotated illustrations of each major style and a gallery of bonsai masterpieces taken from the collections of some of the world's most famous masters of the art.
Publisher: Pavilion Books
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 948 g
Dimensions: 276 x 216 x 19 mm
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