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Stone Images IX Exhibit opens
October 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Stone Images IX is a free exhibit open to the public featuring stones collected by the Puget Sound Bonsai Association’s Viewing Stone Study Group. Viewing stones, as they are known in the United States (a.k.a. suiseki (Japan), scholar stones (China)) are naturally formed stones valued for their shape, color, beauty, pattern, and/or for what they can been seen to represent. Some collectors choose certain stones because they see in them natural scenes, such as scenic vistas or animals, or naturalistic imagery within the face of the stone.
After being collected, viewing stones are polished by hand and typically displayed on wooden stands (daiza). When paired with bonsai, the viewing stone and bonsai tree each enhance the qualities of the other, and together, create a scene that might be found in nature. The practice of collecting and viewing stones originated in China about 2,000 years ago; it was introduced to Japan in the sixth century A.D., and has been practiced worldwide ever since.
Presented by the Puget Sound Bonsai Association’s Viewing Stone Study Group.
On view in the Pavilion cabinets at Pacific Bonsai Museum, Tuesdays through Sundays, 10am to 4pm.
Free by donation.
Related program: Viewing Stone Petting Zoo