This is a continuation of the post from 10/30/2010 and today we wanted to post some photos of the suiseki that were on display. Forgive us for not posting photos of the trees as most of these are available to be seen on the various bonsai club web sites.
A personal note: The bonsai setup and display was excellently done this year by Peter Tea. The suiseki part of the display was designed by Hideko Metaxas with assistance by Polly Gould and it was superb as well. It was a small collection of suiseki and bonsai trees but it was tastefully and artistically constructed and I believe most of our clubs could learn from this setup.
This post will contain 16 photos from the show. I didn’t post/photograph every stone at the show but only those that held my interest the most will be shown below. This doesn’t in anyway mean the others were not beautiful suiskei – but as in all art forms certain objects rapidly draw our eyes and attention. I will not comment on these stones (with an exception or two) as they can speak for themselves.
I have only seen one stone that comes close to the beauty of this stone. It is for sale at www.j-bonsai.com under the suiseki menu item. Search on this page for item number: MS8110. If you are so inclined you can purchase the one on Yoshi’s site for a mere 1,320,000 Yen. At today’s exchange rate it will set you back ~$16,340.
I can’t tell you how badly I wanted to move this stone to take a photograph. As in most public settings, sometimes the position of the stone just isn’t right for photography; however, this stone is perhaps the largest hut stone I have personally viewed and being natural and uncut makes it even more special.
The next few photos are of displays of suiskei in a reduced sized Tokonoma. It is very difficult to capture these correctly with a point-and-shoot digital camera so forgive us for the photos that will not be correctly color corrected. Enjoy them nevertheless.
The suiseki is wet as it should be in this setting.