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TOPIC: What is a bonsai?

What is a bonsai? 4 months 20 hours ago #37845

This site and others have answers to the question, and all pretty decent. The answers are lists of what we think, and pretty good lists, but they miss one thing that (I think) should be the first item.

Bonsai is art. That means that a tree is an expression by the artist that others can appreciate, but there is something of the individual in each tree, if we want to call it a bonsai. That is part of what we find non-bonsai about mallsais. Each tree is the same species, bent in the same way, in the same pot, and that is a practice exercise, not art. If I take a tree and make it into a bonsai, it will probably be different from what somebody else would do, at least in details, and that is what it should be.

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