Nine months ago, in July of 2001, I visited the Hawaii Bonsai Cultural Center garden located in Waimanalo on the island of Oahu for the first time. I was very impressed but sad that Walter was ill. He has since recovered and is again making strong progress in building his garden! Walter was born in 1935 in China in the hometown of Confucius, educated in Taiwan, and knows Chinese penjing masters Yee-sun Wu, Yunhua Hu, and Quingquan Zhao. He is a "classic scholar-farmer" who personally handled the art treasures of China that ended up in Taiwan after the People's Republic of China was formed in 1949. He knows Chinese history, philosophy and artistic values. In this visit, I got to see the start of his personal cultural and art collection exhibit.
|Chinese display stands tend to have very complex carvings and were created in a greater variety. This small stand has five legs with an extensive amount of detail throughout! The Liew collection includes a number with more complex details!|
|Note the details of this ceramic piece!|
|This is one of a number of hand carved original art pieces carved from a single block of wood!|
*** Return to initial Walter Liew's Dragon Garden
*** Go to a review and recommendation of Walter's book: The Living Art of Bonsai
*** Notice of bonsai stolen from Hawaii Bonsai Cultural Center