I saw this at the recent SABA convention. i thought i would post it here to see what you guys think. It is my favourite item from the convention. This has been documented in several local books.
A slab is always nice for group planting because it is more effective in creating the feeling of open space.
But that original pot is not too bad. To me, it still does a decent job.
By the way, those slabs (especially the large ones) are pretty tough to come by.
Can anyone refresh our memories here, as to resourses on how to make those artificial slabs at home? I remember seing instructions in some books and even websites, but I don't remember where.
... and that is easier said than done. I ruined a few just short of the last few chips. it is definitely an art, you have to understand stones I guess.The biggest challenge in that case would be to learn how to cut those stones to the right size and shape, using a chisel and a hammer.
IMO with the varying tree heights the artist could have sculped them individually instead of a whole. The distance between the trees would support this.
Having said that it appears that the trees are almost coming from the same plane, and hence there is no apparent depth to the composition.
the whole group should be planted on the right or the left, not in the middle.