#302: 1.8L Wabi-Kusa Ikebana (Japanese Art of flowers arrangement)

Cheattha Sae-Teaw Phuket, Thailand

Awards and Comments

Third Place
This is just a stunning arrangement. My ONLY concern is that it does look a little too much like a flower arrangement as opposed to a growing living Wabi Kusa. It just looks a little TOO new and perfect.
— Karen Randall
The colors of the plants and mix of textures is wonderful. However the grown out moss is really the eye opener. Well done.
— JoAnn Fujii
Visually stunning. Conceptually brilliant.

This wabi kusa builds a bridge between two artforms that are similar but different displaying elements of both in a skillfully restrained manner in reference to Ikebana whilst embracing the natural imperfection and randomness of wabi kusa.

This entire display is incredibly enjoyable to view picking out elements of both wabi kusa and Ikebana from both. The presence of individually planted stems like the single stem of H. corymbosa that commands the viewers eye out and away from the display is met in contrast with the randomness of the Rotala sp. 'Pink' trails that meander down the substrate ball across the incredibly lush 'Christmas Moss' that produces thick "plates" at random.

It is worth noting the successful timing in capturing this wabi kusa as many species flowered together truly making this a "flower arrangement" and not simply an arrangement of various colorful stems.

The decision to utilize a bonsai pot for this display was clever and thematically aligned with this entire concept.

Fantastic work. Your efforts are clear in the final product. Brilliant.
— Jack McCarley
Beautiful concept and artful use of the Wabi Kusa substrate ball. The design principles of the Ikebana was skillfully incorporated. I would have liked to see more of the flowing stem plants and a larger portion of the Lobelia accented to cover more of the moss ball. Love the flowers!!
— Bailin Shaw

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 30 × 25 × 7 cm
Title Ikebana (Japanese Art of flowers arrangement)
Volume 1.8L
Background None
Lighting Chihiros WRGB
Filtration None
Plants 1.Limnophila aquatica ‘Giant Ambulia’
2. Ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata ‘Cuba’
3.Lobelia cardinalis
4.Bacopa colorata sp. Red
5.Hygrophila corymbosa
6.Rotala rotundifolia ’Pink’
7.Versicularia montagnei ’Chrsitmas moss’
Animals None
Materials Wabi kusa ball (Substrate : Crazy Stone Amazon Soil)
Traditional Japanese bonsai pot
Additional Information Inspiration : Inspiration from ‘Ikebana” the Japanese art of Flower arrangement and traditional Wabi kusa ball
Conceptual : Less is More + Elegant
Presentation : The flowering of Aquatic plants and green moss ball
Fertilizers : TARA Fertilizers A,B and TARA Bio-Stimulants

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