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New Jersey artist expresses affinity for bonsai through unique sculptures – CBS New York

By on August 28, 2021 0


COLTS NECK, NJ (CBSNewYork) – An artist from New Jersey shares the beauty of bonsai in a unique way.

As CBS2’s Meg Baker reported, each tree has a special meaning.

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Colts Neck artist Richard Taylor said he has always had an affinity for bonsai.

“When I was a kid my dad bought one and I was fascinated by it,” Taylor said.

Small Asian trees – notably featured in “The Karate Kid” – require daily care to manage and develop.

But not Taylor. They are fake trees, works of art that he calls Agapi trees.

“The idea I came up with was to reproduce a 200 year old bonsai tree that would look as authentic as possible,” he said.

Taylor shapes the trunk and realistic branches using plaster.

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“Thread, silk flowers and I assemble them from the molding and molding process,” he said.

The sculptures vary in color from natural green to artistic interpretations.

“Pink is generally the interpretation of a cherry blossom,” Taylor said.

He said the red trees are the most popular.

“The title is Agapi Tree. Agapi is the word of Greek origin, the definition is unconditional love, ”Taylor said.

It is also the energy he says he brings to his work.

Small Agapi trees are priced at $ 95. The bigger ones cost $ 195.

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Meg Baker of CBS2 contributed to this report.