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Halloween 2006

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One of the most wonderful things about the art of bonsai is that, like other art forms, it can express certain moods, feelings, or impressions to the viewer. Sometimes they can suggest a darker side, a side only glimpsed occasionally on those dark chilly nights around the time called Halloween.

The bonsai in this gallery are reminiscent of the trees in such classics as Sleepy Hollow, The Wizard of OZ, The Lord of the Rings, and other literary works. Such trees that suggest darker things, that seem malevolent, that suggest being somehow alive in impossibly human manner are also present in the visual arts.

In the season of Halloween when myth turns to reality and the darkness that lies buried beneath our ordinary existence struggles to the surface, things can become more than what they were once perceived to be. Sometimes they sneak up into reality to take a bite of sanity from the unwary bonsaist, and sometimes, bonsai that were grown deep within forbidden gardens, tucked away from the sight of mere mortals, make their way into our world from those deep and foreboding gardens cultivated in the Twilight Zone.

Happy Halloween from all of us at the Art of Bonsai project!

Picea abies

Walter Pall - Germany
European Spruce (Picea abies)
60 cm
Pot: Chinese
Collected in Austria

 

Ficus benjamini

Ulf Soltau - Germany
Ficus Benjimin (Ficus benjamini)
40 cm
Aquarium: aquascout

 

Andreas - Switzerland

Andreas - Switzerland

 

Arizona Cactus

Ulf Soltau - Germany
Arizona Cactus
10 cm

 

Lonicera morrowi

Candy J. Shirey - USA
Originally styled by Nick Lenz
Morrow's Honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowi)
28"
Pot: Nick Lenz

 

Lonicera morrowi

Candy J. Shirey - USA
Originally styled by Nick Lenz
Morrow's Honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowi)
28"
Pot: Nick Lenz

 

Lonicera morrowi

Candy J. Shirey - USA
Originally styled by Nick Lenz
Morrow's Honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowi)
28"
Pot: Nick Lenz

 

Lonicera morrowi

Candy J. Shirey - USA
Originally styled by Nick Lenz
Royal Azalea (Rhododendron schlippenbachii)
28"
Pot: Nick Lenz

 

Sempervivum Hybr.

Wolfgang Putz - Austria
Sempervivum Hybr.
Pot: Dan Barton

 

Sempervivum 'Hey Hey'

Wolfgang Putz - Austria
Sempervivum 'Hey Hey'
Pot: Dan Barton

 

Picea abies

Walter Pall - Germany
European Spruce (Picea abies)

 

Pinus mugo

Candy J. Shirey - USA
Originally styled by Nick Lenz
Alien Egg
Pinus mugo
28 inches in length x 18 inches wide x 16 inches high.
Pot: 10 inches in diameter

 

Juncus decipiens 'Spiralis'

Wolfgang Putz - Austria
Juncus decipiens 'Spiralis'
Pot: Horst Heinzlreiter

 

Juniperus scopulorum

Walter Pall - Germany
Rocky Mountain Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum)

 

Juniperus scopulorum

Walter Pall - Germany
Close-up

 

Ophiopogon

Wolfgang Putz - Austria
Ophiopogon "Silver Mist"
Pot: Horst Heinzlreiter

 

Sempervivum arachnoideum

Wolfgang Putz - Austria
Sempervivum arachnoideum
Pot: Horst Heinzlreiter

 

Larix laricina

Nick Lenz - USA
Larix laricina on bronze Barbie

 

Larix laricina

Nick Lenz - USA Larix laricina "The Demon Larch"

 

Larix laricina

Nick Lenz - USA
Larix laricina "The Demon Larch"

 

Acer buergerianum

Nick Lenz - USA
Acer buergerianum root-over-gargoyle

 

Reiner the Bear

Walter Pall - Germany
"Reiner the Bear"
European Spruce (Picea abies)
50 cm high
Pot: Derek Aspinall

 

Silverberry

Mike Page - USA
Silverberry
29 inches
Pot: Cal Garton

 

Picea abies

Andreas - Switzerland
European spruce, (Picea abies
Andreas created everything for this piece, including the construction.

 

Picea abies

Budi Sulistyo - Indonesia
Pemphis

 

Sources and References
The Twilight Zone - Television Series

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