The Japanese continue to impress with their creativity day by day. Their art forms have found their way to us by their famous Bonsai trees, miniature trees known to be grown in containers. To create a clear idea of what that looks like, Bonsai is often used as an umbrella term in association to small plants in pots or containers. The purpose of Bonsai is intellectual thought for the viewer and pleasant effort for the grower. In other words, it is not for production of food or medicine. Instead, it is the long-term molding of trees to grown in small place for visual pleasure. A Bonsai tree is shaped into a relatively small size to meet the required criteria and standards of aesthetic of its name. In other words, this tree is the literal root of this form of Japanese art.
Japanese art form of Bonsai Tree
This Japanese art form is well known for its aesthetic. It takes into form the cultural characteristics from global scales to create its appearance of strict rules and designs. Across the centuries, the Bonsai weaves several techniques and design guidelines. These guidelines, or rules, cannot be broken without decreasing the impact the art form holds. Some of these rules include Minimization, Asymmetry, Proportion of Elements, and Poignancy. Minimization is the artist’s obligation to keep the tree small enough to fit the chosen container. Asymmetry is the strict balance between both sides, left and right, of the tree, as though it is a human body. Proportion, by definition, is elements mimicking those of fully grown trees on smaller scales. Poignancy is the expression on Wabi-Sabi, a vital Japanese tradition. In addition, the trace of the artist must not be found under any circumstance. The artist’s touch must remain invisible and unapparent to the viewer, meaning any adjustments or scars to the tree must be concealed wisely.
Now that the aesthetical rules, or standards, are out of the way, it is vital to become aware of the styles featured in the Bonsai art form. The Bonsai tree comes in several styles including formal upright, informal upright, slant style, and cascade style. Generally speaking, these styles represent or describe the trunk shape and bark finish. Other styles may depend on the artists’ taste, such as the cascade style, which features the tree in a literal falling cascade. Another may be the forest style, mimicking actual forests. These styles may shift and vary according to refinements and reciprocations designers choose to follow. The final product is usually worthy of great awe. Also, the different styles across different Bonsais are quite intriguing to watch.
Another essential part of this art form to be considered is the container in which these Bonsai trees are held or nurtured. Contrary to previous features, pots or containers that cater this art do not have to follow specific guidelines. They may be of whichever material, size, and shape the grower pleases. These pots are usually ceramic with drainage holes on the bottom to allow fast draining of the soil, in order to achieve the removal of excess water. They also usually feature vertical sides to allow easy removal and inspection. The container or pot, to the artists, is as important as the content.
How to care a Bonsai tree properly
To provide proper care for the Bonsai, the grower must maintain health care techniques to ensure long-term survival of the living art form. Some of these care techniques include watering, repotting, tools, soil consumption and fertilization, and location and overwintering. Watering must be regular, repotting must occur at certain intervals, tools are set to special requirements or standards, soil consumption and fertilization are varied according to each plant’s needs, and location and overwintering are species dependent in the sense they require specific light conditions. Although these techniques seem quite easy to interpret, each and every one has a set of skills needed to perfect. Once cared for properly, the Bonsai trees are allowed the freedom to grow and develop to the grower’s pleasure. The final result, in turn, is as delightful to the viewer.
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This Japanese art form is no doubt a remarkable footprint. The Bonsai, or umbrella term, is a metaphorical shade of safety artists find in nature and its productions. This art form serves for the viewer and grower at once in its therapeutic capacity. This Bonsai art form is not for medicinal purposes, but figuratively serves as a therapeutic release for the comfort of those involved. This tree, although relatively small, has a massive effect on the world we live in. It features aesthetics necessary to create the soft foliage it holds, proper care techniques to maintain that, and selected pots to hold the effect altogether. The combination of features and guidelines are by no means limiting for artists or designers engaging in this art form, rather they merely serve as a form of shape.