Walter Pall wrote:
Is it a tree that Nick will later on tell us he has discarded anyway and it never was good enough for a good bonsai and we are admiring a piece of crap?
After having a closer look at that tree, it doesn't look like it would be useless on its own. It has as pretty decent branching and beautiful trunk movement (as much as I can imagine from the restricted view). And it's a larch, so no excuse this time (like in the case of the azalea) as to species suitability for bonsai.
Those long roots were grown after being placed on the statue. It looks like a very elaborate work to make those roots follow the creases and movement of the female figure.
There seems to be a lot of thought, planning, and time spent behind this work. So, the possible excuse along the lines "I couldn't do anything else with this worthless tree" doesn't fly with me this time. It would be just an excuse ready to be used in case a staunch traditionalist would become aggressive and attack the artist (you know, for some strange reason those otherwise nice folks become agressive sometimes - low self esteem, I guess).