Just when you think you’ve seen everything, here come the levitating bonsai trees. A Japanese company has launched a Kickstarter campaign that elevates the art of bonsai to a whole new level, literally. Hoshinchu uses magnetic levitation technology - similar to what is used in high-speed rails - to make the tiny trees ‘float’ over an electrified pedestal. The result is a gravity-defying art piece unlike any other.
Air Bonsai is a new line of floating bonsai sculptures from Hoshinchu, a small company based in Kyushu, Japan. The team launched its crowdfunding campaign just a few days ago, and it has blown expectations out of the water. With an initial goal of $80,000, the crowdfunding effort has, at the time of this publication, racked up over $344,000 in pledges from more than 1,500 backers and there are still over four weeks remaining.
Most people are familiar with the ancient art of bonsai, even if it’s only what they learned watching Karate Kid. Air Bonsai takes a centuries-old meditative practice and elevates it to a unique modern artform, as well as one heck of a conversation piece. A pledge of $200 to the crowdfunding campaign can get you a DIY kit, but you’ll have to supply your own plant. More elaborate versions of the Air Bonsai set up are available too, but some ship only within Japan.
Images via Hoshinchu