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Weirdest Bonsai Ever Auctioned at eBay and Open Challenge to Bonsai Community
A bonsai which is thought to be the weirdest Bonsai ever by its owner and its website are being auctioned on eBay starting on February 26, 2009 9PM ET and ending on Sunday, March 7 at 9 PM ET. Also included an open challenge to the bonsai community.
The interesting tree which is a Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) can live for hundreds of years and reach heights of 40 meters in nature. The weirdest bonsai ever is also unique because it features its own website and domain name (WeirdestBonsaiEver.com)
The living art of bonsai, once only exclusive to nobles and kings, is believed to have started thousands of years ago in China (called Penjing). The art was imported into Japan hundred of years ago where it evolved by including aesthetic principles. It was more recently adopted to the Western world where new techniques and styles have evolved to match the local vegetation.
In the United States, bonsai is a hobby which is growing in popularity among baby boomers entering retirement age. Bonsai as a hobby relates to gardening in many ways, but fits lifestyles of the city and suburbia where outdoor space is limited. Bonsai aficionados spend an amazing amount of time and resources caring and shaping their trees into beautiful works of arts.
Bonsaiists have a very interesting mix of collaboration and competition attitudes that is always bringing the art to new heights. More often than not, a bonsaiist will use an online community forum to bring the attention of fellow artists towards an online auction listing and the tree will be subjected to very critical reviews. This is why the owner of the Weirdest Bonsai Ever is also launching a challenge to other bonsai artists by asking them to show their competitive nature either by bidding on the bonsai, or showing bonsai they consider weirder than the Weirdest Bonsai Ever.
10% of the proceedings from the sale of this piece of natural art will be donated to the American Heart Association directly from eBay.
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The Weirdest Bonsai Ever is a website dedicated only to one bonsai, its history, news, and its auction at eBay.