Active Meditation: First, Close Your Eyes and See The Bonsai Tree

Apr 30, 2018

The tree that started it all for Charles. Twenty five years ago Charles started working with this schefflera plant. It was originally a house plant in his living room.

In Falmouth, architect Charles Orr has been patiently working with bonsai for over two decades. Right now he has over thirty active pieces, many of them growing in a workshop he’s built specifically for the trees. While Charles designs houses professionally as an architect, working with the trees has changed the way he looks at design today.

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