These floating bonsai trees defy gravity and logic
Japanese designers at The Hoshinchu Team have created a bonsai named “Air Bonsai” that appears to magically float above its base.
It is made from a handcrafted Japanese porcelain. The base is the “energy base” with the floating ball being the top half or “little star”Both halves of the Air Bonsai have magnets installed within the design which allows the top half to float and spin without being tethered to the base.
“The effect is magical,” reports CNET. “The tiny trees float gently and spin slowly like imaginative creations from an anime. Some of them look like dainty planets with cratered surfaces. Small pines are what most people are familiar with when it comes to bonsai, but the Air Bonsai can also be used to grow other flora like mosses and flowering plants.”
“Air Bonsai are created on the island of Kyushu, Japan. Rich in nature, the island’s environment is ideal for the production of Air Bonsai,”
“Each porcelain [base] is meticulously crafted by hand. The process takes 3 months. Patterns and colors are hand-brushed with a ‘Fu-de’ (Japanese brush). Each coat affects the color and vibrancy of the finished product. Glaze firing completes the production process.”
Hoshinchu debuted the Air Bonsai on Kickstarter and people went nuts to fund it. They started with a goal of $80,000 and so far the company has raised over $431,000 and counting!
Getting your hands on the basic kit to create your own little floating Avatar islands will cost you a hefty $200. There’s also a slightly difficult problem brewing, as the company is unable to ship plants internationally. Not to worry though, CNET reports that “Air Bonsai plans to use locally sourced plants for backers in the US.”
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