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Exhibition of tree sculptures

Madhur Tankha

NEW DELHI: An exhibition of tree sculptures by journalist-cum-author N. Kunju was inaugurated at the Travancore Gallery here on Monday. Sponsored by the Travancore Palace Art Gallery, the exhibition is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. till December 29.

It took four decades of imaginative experimentation for Mr. Kunju to finally accomplish controlled growth in trees. To ensure that a tree's trunk and exposed roots form a living abstract sculpture, periodic pruning of roots and foliage is required. The artistic form is obtained by manipulation of its growth process.

During the experimentation to aesthetically design trees, several of Mr. Kunju's trees died. And he realised that patience was the key to his hobby. It was also necessary to know the tolerance factor of various species. Trees of the fig family -- banyan and peepul -- are hardly the ones that can withstand the rigours of manipulation of their stem and roots. However, trees that sprout aerial roots are the ones to best experiment with, according to Mr. Kunju.

"Tree sculpting is done mostly by the tree itself. A person who wants to pursue it as a hobby has to control the tree's growth to shape it in a particular way. The end result should be that the tree assumes a sculpted form, albeit abstract," adds Mr. Kunju.

"The exhibition will definitely encourage people to pursue tree sculpting as a hobby,'' feels Mr. Kunju who says that those who live in flats can grow indoor trees in pots to keep themselves close to nature. "Every tree has a personality of its own. From the very geometry of leaves to the abstract art form of branches, trunk and exposed roots, not to speak of flowers and fruits, watching a tree can be an engrossing and soul-stirring experience. Having a tree as an object of adoration at home makes people develop a loving relation with them," adds Mr. Kunju.

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