Plant Art


My dad lives in Harbin, China (which is right at the top and also known as the ‘ice city’ in winter).  My sister went over there in June to teach English and to finish her teaching qualification. The stories that she tells are exotic and strange to imagine. She is blocked on Facebook and sending pictures is limited becuase the internet is very slow but she managed to sent these pictures of amazing sculptures through to me to share with you. They are tree’s/bushes that have been pruned on the walk way and road islands. It must be so inspiration to walk around and see such land-artworks. Perhaps I should visit?


In winter the ‘sculputres’ are made from ice and in summer from the plants which are brought in by the truck load and replanted in the spring (becuase they cannot survive the harsh winters if left).


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6 Responses to “Plant Art”

  1. Amy July 16, 2009 at 4:42 pm #

    Those are amazing. Now I want to visit Harbin, China too.

  2. Ruth July 17, 2009 at 7:25 am #

    Wow – they look incredible. Yes, maybe you need to go too. I’d love to see the ice ones as well – as long as I was wrapped up warm!

  3. Steffi July 17, 2009 at 8:18 am #

    Wow… the plant sculptures looks fantastic! I hope you can visiting your dad and your sister there!Very nice place where they live!

  4. wendren July 17, 2009 at 4:47 pm #

    China has never been somewhere on my ‘to see’ list. But pictures like these make me wonder….
    I am thinking of going their in winter to see the ice sculptures becuase as you say Ruth, they must be AMAZING! …BUT freezing! The other thing that makes me hesitate is the flight. It is about 23 hours one way with 5 stops at airports!
    If I go I will definitely take loads of pictures for my blog.
    Perhaps it will be a good break…

  5. wendren July 20, 2009 at 4:55 pm #

    ha ha – I got it a bit wrong according to my sister who just read the post.

    Here is the correction: “Those statues are not trees that have been pruned to look like that-people sat and put all the pieces in those things (they are little plants). They are statues that have been made and then they add the bits and peices and that is why there are different colours in them.”

    I find this to be almost more amazing. The idea that somebody actually sat and added plants into/onto the statue to fill it out so that it looks like a tree/plant/hedge is unbelievable.

    Gotta go – at least so I can clarify this a bit more…

  6. bronwen July 21, 2009 at 3:16 am #

    Harbin is really nice. It is amazing to see the amount of effort that goes into making this rather dirty and dusty city into something beautiful.

    Those sculptures are amazing. At first I did not know whether they were real plants or plastic plants-but soon after i saw some guy on a ladder watering a sculpture-so they are real!

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