Tuesday, June 30, 2009

New York: Melissa Stanley's Persimmon seeds sprouted

Melissa Stanley with newly planted pots on May 12th at "Eat Clay or Die" exhibition curated by Susannah Tisue and Michele Quan in May at Greenwich House Pottery.
"After a slow start my persimmon seems to be doing well."
---Melissa Stanley

Congrats, Melissa!

Monday, June 29, 2009

New York: Chie Kawasaki and Satoru Eguchi's Persimmon seeds sprouted

Chie Kawasaki with newly planted pots on May 12th at "Eat Clay or Die" exhibition curated by Susannah Tisue and Michele Quan in May at Greenwich House Pottery.
"I was about to give up then it sprouted!"
---Chie Kawasaki


Congrats, Chie and Satoru!
A recent update of Persimmon. The end of July.

New York: Isabel Hayes and Beth Bolgla's Persimmon seeds sprouted

Ben Hayes with newly planted pots for Isabel Hayes and Beth Bolgla on May 12th at "Eat Clay or Die" exhibition curated by Susannah Tisue and Michele Quan in May at Greenwich House Pottery.
Isabel Hayes and her persimmon sprout
Beth Bolgla and her persimmon sprout

Sunday, June 28, 2009

New York: Sabine Vockins's Two Persimmon seeds sprouted

On a sunny day May 25, Memorial Day, Sabine Vockins planted the seeds with Catherine and Derek, the parents on May 25, Momorial Day.

Now both Persimmon seeds sprouted!!
Congrats, Sabine!

Friday, June 26, 2009

New York: Jean Kim's Persimmon seeds sprouted

Jean Kim with newly planted pot on May 12th at "Eat Clay or Die" exhibition curated by Susannah Tisue and Michele Quan in May at Greenwich House Pottery.
Wow, what a great smile! Congrats, Jean!!

New York: Megan Karlen's Persimmon seeds sprouted

Megan Karlen with newly planted pot on May 12th at "Eat Clay or Die" exhibition curated by Susannah Tisue and Michele Quan in May at Greenwich House Pottery.
"I'm thrilled! I was worried that I had over watered it. I was fretting that I wasn't tender enough. And you know what? Through all of that worry the little seed just took its time and popped up through the soil when it was good and ready.

Here is a picture of the sprouting persimmon the morning I noticed it and then a picture with me and the sprouting sprout! What a joy to behold! Thanks again, so much, for such a great project!"

---Megan Karlen

Congrats, Megan!!

"Our Hibaku seedling (Persimmon Tree) lives on the 51st floor of a Tribeca
She lives with myself and my partner Jackie and she resides on one of the many window sills in the living room.
The poetry here is that here grows this little tree, who's genetics
survived the man-made calamity of Hiroshima, thriving on a sunny
windowsill in full view of Ground Zero.
Emerson said: Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
That's something to learn from.
She is a joy to have."
---Megan Karlen

Joetsu city, Niigata Prefecture, Japan: Persimmon, Chinese Parasol Tree, Sendan seeds were sent to The 4th Blue Sky Project

I have sent Persimmon, Chinese Parasol Tree and Sendan seeds to "The 4th Blue Sky Project: An International Exhibition--Love, Blue Sky, and Peace". It is the 4th exhibition this year based on art that can be send in mail and internet. I have sent these seeds to Mr. Michio Horikawa who is an organizer of this exhibition so he would plant the seeds, hoping that by the time of the exhibiton, these seeds would sprout. Thus, these seedlings would be donated to people who come to the exhibition.

Mr. Horikawa had wrote about receving the seeds in his blog with extensive pictures. Here are some of the pictures. Please click here to see his blog (it is in Japanese)

And here are some of his extensive documentations. Please click here for more pictures in his photo site...hatena fotofile

This is Mr. Michio Horikawa with a cucumber!
Info for those who are interested in participating in "The Blue Sky Project"

Please participate in an art event through the Internet!
Theme: World Peace - the motif is the Blue Sky That Envelopes Earth

The 4th Blue Sky Project:
An International Exhibition--Love, Blue Sky, and Peace Participation Guidelines
1. Purpose

On September 11, 2001, the New York-based art historian Reiko Tomii photographed the tragedy of World Trade Center from her home, and uploaded three photographs for her Japanese friends. After a few years, by looking at these photographs, I realized one thing: there was a beautiful blue sky over New York. There was also a beautiful blue sky over Hiroshima on August 6, and over Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, when atomic bombs were dropped on these Japanese cities. The blue sky was the backdrop of historic human follies, again and again.

Above the clouds, there is the blue sky that envelopes the Earth. We will never make the beautiful blue sky a backdrop of war, nuclear bombing, terrorism, massacre, and other destructive acts. Never again.

The blue sky is our shared motif. We want you to freely express your hope for happiness of all the people in the world. We want to tell this message to many people in the world.

2. Theme

Message from the Blue Sky (world peace, international understanding, international friendship, human rights, well-being, environment, etc.)

3. Period&Venue

August 1(Saturday) to August 9(Sunday), 2009
Civic Gallery, Takada Library in Takada Park, MotosiroCho, Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Round Exhibition /August 21,22,23,28,29,30, 2009
Imai Museum, Mitsuke City, Niigata Prefecture, Japan

4. Participation Guidelines: To participate from abroad

1) One work per each artist.
2) No participation fees required.
3) You may send your work (up to A3 size) via e-mail attachment or air mail. Please keep the attachment file under the reasonable (e-mail-compatible) size.
4) Any medium is fine, as long as the work expresses the exhibition’s theme: painting, poster, illustration, illustrated letter, calligraphy, message, instruction, computer graphics, photograph, photo-mail, etc. They must be submitted in a digital form via e-mail attachment.

6. How to Participate

1) Application deadline: June 30.
Please contact Michio Horikawa at
2) Delivery deadline: July25, please send as e-mail attachment
3) Installation: August 1, deinstallation: August 9
Round Exhibition /Installation: August 20, deinstallation: August 30
5. Others
1) All participating works will be posted on the exhibition’s website.
2) Official website for the exhibition in 2007&2008:

6. Organizer: Blue Sky Project Exhibition Organizing Committee (as of July1)
Michio Horikawa, Tadashi Maeyama, Noriko Kanaya, Kenji Funami, website: Shinichi Noguchi

7. Sponsors
City of Joetsu
Joetsu City Education Board
Joetsu International Exchange Association
Joetsu Art Education Federation

8. Contact for Organizing Committee
Blue Sky Project Exhibition Organizing Committee
(Attention: Horikawa Michio)
1-16-4 Higashishirocho, Joetsu , Niigata Prefecture 943-0836 JAPAN
Tel&Fax: +81-25-521-2725

Now Persimmon seed sprouted!

Congratulations, My Horikawa!!
My contribution for Blue Sky Project succeeded!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Contemporary Landscape: Tree Project on Audrey Tran's Artful Green Dot

Hiroshi Sunairi has been asking dozens of participants from across the world to plant Hibaku seeds for his latest art piece, titled, Tree Project. Hibaku seeds come from trees that miraculously survived the atomic bomb in Hiroshima 60 years ago. For the artist, this project is about sharing.........by Audrey Tran for the whole article click here!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New York: Christina Caputo and Hong Kong: Candice Yu got their seeds

Christina Caputo got her Persimmon and other seeds here in NY as well as Long Island.

Here is what Christina wrote: "In August of 2005, I participated in a group exhibition titled Peace by Piece in which I was able to travel to Hiroshima on the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombings, curated by Hiroshi Sunairi. We also toured the Hibaku trees, the only trees that survived. Hiroshi is now distributing them and they are being planted around the world. In December 2009, the grown seedlings will be exhibited at The Horticultural Society of New York."Candice Yu got her persimmon and other seeds and grow her seeds in Hong Kong where her parents live.

Contemporary Landscape: Tree Project on psfk.com

Japanese artist Hiroshi Sunairi has conceived a new twist on the idea of seed bombing by sharing seeds from Hibaku trees that survived the bombing of Hiroshima with gardeners from across the globe. The curated project, titled Leur L’Existence (Tree Project), offers seeds from numerous varieties that include Round Leaf Holly, Persimmon, Chinaberry, Firmiana simplex, Japanese Hackberry and Jujube.
A blog chronicles the growth of these seedlings as they sprout across the planet, serving as a testament that life can truly be cultivated............By Scott Lachut. click here for the whole article
The PSFK article featured Allan Baily's persimmon seedling in his original animal lowerbody pot.

Qi Peng, a conceptual artist got Sendan seeds

Today, I gave Sendan seeds to Qi Peng. He is a conceptual artist and was at his "perversely post-modern (in his words)" solo exhibition at Envoy Gallery of lower East side. He lives in Salt Lake city, Utah. In this picture, he stands in front of his internt-text-based works.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New York, Bronx!!: Alex Neroulias's Persimmon seeds sprouted

Alex Neroulias with newly planted pot on May 12th at "Eat Clay or Die" exhibition curated by Susannah Tisue and Michele Quan in May at Greenwich House Pottery.

"Hey All, YES!! my persimmon seed sprouted today some time between 5-8 pm ( Am I a cornball for knowing the time? Who cares, I'm just so stoked its come into existence). I immediately moved the pot to the nursery in the front of my house where it will get plenty of sun, company from other plants, and a chance to grow big and strong In The Bronx. Peace.

My family moved to NYC 60 years ago and soon there after moved into a home in the Bronx. My grandmother planted 2 magnolia trees next to each other where they grew and lived happily until recently. My neighbor had a problem with his driveway and cut down one of the trees. It is my belief and understanding that this caused the other magnolia tree to die as their roots were intertwined in a symbiotic relationship providing life and support. It was the day before your opening i was up on a gigantic latter cutting down the dead tree leaving a small void in my yard and heart. I hope that with time and patience I will be able to plant one of the seedlings from the tree doctor in its place.

Beyond their inherent purpose of life and beauty, symbolically these seeds are loaded with meaning and purpose. I wonder if they are more resilient than other trees being as that their ancestors went through such a catastrophic event. I'm sure Darwin would say so..

Either way this is an amazing project which I am proud and honored to be a part of."

Congrats, Alex!

New York: Florian Altenburg & Maika Pollack's Persimmon seeds sprouted

June 14 at 2:06pm "Hello Dear, My persimmon tree sprouted a few days ago! Here is one photo of our persimmon plant--more to come! "
xoxo ----Maika

Congrats, Maika, we look forward to pics with your smile!

Spain: Blanca de la Torre’s Hibaku Sendan has bloomed

Hiroshi, one of your trees has bloomed!!!!! :) -Blanca de la Torre