From the 14th and 19th May the Cultural Centre will host an exhibition of bonsai organised by the Club Bonsai Marina Alta, an exhibition that aims to raise awareness of this age-old technique of cultivation and care of trees in miniature. To learn more about this art and the exhibition, we interviewed Luis Clemente, resident in Calp, member of the association and passionate about bonsais.
- What will people find in this bonsai exhibition?
Luis Clemente: It is an exhibition of about 40 to 50 trees, of various species although the majority are native trees; there are olive trees, pomegranates, fig trees, carob trees, pines, etc. The exhibition shows a wide variety of trees; all accompanied by a set of ornamentation that seeks to create an atmosphere of tranquillity and relaxation typical of this art.
- What is the Club Bonsai Marina Alta?
L.C.: We are a group of friends who have a common hobby; the club was founded in 1995 to consolidate the meetings of a group of people interested in sharing experiences and deepening knowledge of the cultivation and formation of bonsai. It is made up of people from all over the region and we usually meet in Xaló every 15 days.
- What can do someone interested in this hobby?
L.C.: Those who want to learn can approach and get in touch with the club, everybody will be welcome. We try to learn from the experience of others, although sometimes we do workshops linked to some exhibitions. Bonsai enthusiasts try to imitate nature, there are easier species to start and we mostly work with native trees.
- How did this hobby come to you?
L.C.: I have always liked bonsai but I had respect, I was looking for an alternative to work, a hobby that allowed me to relax, I approached the club and I get hooked from the beginning. Making bonsai is not expensive, basic materials and tools are required but what you really need is a lot of patience.
The care of a bonsai never ends, you start to work with a tree and you know its different stages, but they are living beings and they grow and change, so their care never ends.
- In a society marked by hurry, lack of time and stress, does this millennial hobby have a future?
L.C.: It has a future, and it increases gradually, because it is an activity that involves reflection and exercises patience; when you get home stressed, the tree, which has its own rhythm, teaches you that you must be patient. It particularly helps me to relax. In fact, the Japanese culture works a lot in reflection and patience.