Juniper and Pine displays at Pacific Bonsai Museum
Just opened a week ago, the Avant-Garden bonsai show. This is yet another of the innovative shows by Aarin Packard of the Pacific Bonsai Museum. Eight artists were asked to submit pieces, “evocative compositions that challenge our perceptions of what bonsai can be.”
Aarin asked me to submit two pieces to the show. He liked the Shore Pine I’d had in the Pacific Bonsai Expo, so we agreed on that one. And I had wanted to make a presentation for a small Rocky Mountain grafted with Itoigawa juniper. Sight unseen (as the stand hadn’t been made yet) he said yes.
Both pieces in the display. I was given a platform to use as I wished, and as the stand was being made for the juniper I realized there wasn’t enough room on the platform for both pieces. I called Aarin and in a brainstorming session he suggested the juniper partly use the stand next to it. Which neatly solved the problem and, I think, greatly aided the whimsical nature of that one. And now the space between the pine and the juniper isn’t constricted.
This Shore Pine was first shown at the 2022 Pacific Bonsai Expo. Details about its construction and conception here: Shore Pine at the Pacific Expo.
The thinking behind this piece is time. The slinky-like jumps from one place to another being the trajectory of the tree as it transforms and changes. This is a Rocky Mountain Juniper grafted with Itoigawa. In another post I’ll offer a photo gallery of the construction of this one.
Thanks to my frequent collaborator Erich Raudebaugh for thinking this through with me and the construction of the stand. And for Kevin Bennett for making the 3-D printed slabs that both pine and juniper rest on. Thanks guys! Always great to go sideways with you!
Some really fun tinkering going on with artists’ works in the show:
Above, a bonsai by Rubin Guzman and Aarin Packard, stand by Benjamin Keating.
Bonsai by Leo Cunningham and stand by Timea Tihanyi.
The LAB project.