BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Magic and nature have always gone well together ever since the time of the inception of most fairytales. Sadly though, magic doesn’t exist, so we have to settle for science. And sometimes, science does go great with nature, as proven by the magical levitating bonsai that works with magnets.
Beginning as a Kickstarter project, the Air Bonsai fuses the traditional art of Japanese gardening with the miracles of modern technology to bring you something resembling magic more than it does either gardening or technology.
Before I get into specifics, let me tell you a bit about the end result first.
The Air Bonsai is pretty much what it sounds like – a small tree floating a couple of inches above a magnetic base.
You can choose from any number of trees, or you can choose to plant your own.
The contraption consists of two parts – a small floating platform that will hold the plant, called a “little star”, and the bottom half which causes the little star to float, called the “energy base”.
A sponge covers the outside of the little star, and this is how it is able to hold moss and soil, along with the tiny bonsais. Inside, there is a magnetic core, allowing it to levitate when placed above the energy base.
The energy base, on the other hand, is situated inside a porcelain exterior, painstakingly handcrafted and hand brushed.
Each base takes roughly three months to make, followed by a period in which the item is air dried. All of the materials are very strictly monitored, with the crafter making sure that every product is the absolute pinnacle of craftsmanship.
The Air Bonsai comes from the Japanese island of Kyushu, and despite the plant coming in a wide array of options inside Japan, only pines trees will be sent outside of the country due to shipping limitations and importing issues.
A basic set will cost $200, but it will not include the plant. What it will include, though, is a little star, the energy base, a unique cushion about which I’ll talk in moment, an AC adapter, as well as a kiri box. $500 is the cheapest set that comes with an actual bonsai tree.
Now, about the cushion – each and every one will be pretty much one of a kind, since they are made out of very old and traditional fabric, dating back to 1868-1960.
Of course, the plants are real, and you can pretty much plant any small… plant on the little star.
Image source: Kickstarter