BY Miry Park | February 7, 2010
Bonsai are the ultimate expression of man’s attempt to emulate nature, coaxing along his own vision of it in perfect miniature. Bonsai is an old art form that exemplifies and combines the meditation of man, nature, the elements, and change. Traditionally, three basic virtues are needed for a proper bonsai: truth, goodness and beauty. The art form extends not only just to the plant, but also its container. I cannot profess to be able to coax such meditation from my own loudly busy brain, but I have adopted this one as my own. It holds the promise of something wilder and grander and yet, it still stands majestically at 8 inches tall on my office window sill in New York. It is a beautiful reminder, that with passion, will and careful loving hands, we can tempt nature to coexist with us in our own environment.