VietNamNet Bridge – A tree-felling project runs foul of public opinion, highlighting Hanoians' deep, spiritual ties with the city's trees. Luong Thu Huong and Le Huong talk to a few experts about the re-greening challenges that lie ahead. Fringe benefits: A view of the Thu Le Lake in dowtown Ha Noi. The tree coverage in the city is at around 2sq.m per person. The city plans to increase this slowly, by planting 1,500-2,000 trees every year. — VNS Photos Truong Vi He could not quite put his finger on the overwhelming sadness that he felt. "The street that has been so familiar to me suddenly became completely strange," said Nguyen Tuan Anh. The student of the Ha Noi University on Nguyen Trai Street, was referring to the felling of a row of xa cu (African mahogany) trees and their replacement with a species he did not recognise. The street was at the heart of the controversy last week as the chopping of 500 streettrees provoked widespread protests by Hanoians. The … [Read more...] about Is Hanoi barking up the wrong tree?
Ordered rooted tree
VietNamNet Bridge – An HCM City sculptor carves tree stumps into mystical statues of holy figures, from Buddha to the gods of fortune, prosperity and longevity. Thousands of gods and legends fill a building to the brim in HCM City's Tan Binh District, overflowing onto the street and catching the eye of mortals passing by. In this 100sq.m workshop near Tan Son Nhat Airport, Dang Tu is pursuing an unusual kind of art. Using dried tree roots. Tu makes splendid wooden statues of different colours, shapes and patterns; a unique art that has not only allowed him to develop his own style, but has also made him one of the richest men in town. "I have been fascinated by the idea and medium of tree stumps for more than 20 years and right at the beginning, I was inspired to create something unusual from it," says Dang Tu, 43, who still draws from the same inspiration. As a young boy, Tu left his hometown in My Xuyen District for HCM City, in search of an opportunity to build something … [Read more...] about Making art rooted in nature
VietNamNet Bridge – A craftsman waiting to be saved from floodwaters sees the Enlightened One in floating bamboo roots and finds himself pursuing a new vocation. Nguyen Ha Nam calls on the artist and listens to his story. In recent years, Huynh Phuong Do has become quite famous among tourists in Hoi An City for his unique bamboo root statues. In an old quarter on the banks of the poetry-inspiring Hoai River, Do, 41, has sculpted thousands of statues of the Buddha as well as other famous world personalities from bamboo roots. After hearing a lot about him, I went to his house on Tan Thanh Street in Cam An Ward to get a first-hand look at his work. Born to a family with a tradition of teaching as a career, Do showed his interest in sculpture even as a child. During his free time, he would visit Huynh Suong, the renowned artisan, at his home to learn the trade. With expert instruction, creativity and industry, he developed himself into an adept sculptor. However, after two years … [Read more...] about The Buddha inspires bamboo root sculptures
Luong Ngoc Binh, provincial party committee secretary of central Vietnam's Quang Binh Province, today released a document to the management board of the province-based Phong Nha - Ke Bang national park regarding the case in which valuable sua trees were felled in the park's forest. >> Workers hang hammocks to protect valuable sua trees Some park rangers of the national park lacked responsibility in performing their duty, and are suspected of colluding with illegal loggers in the illicit wood exploitation in Phong Nha, the document said. The provincial party committee urged the national park's chiefs to specify those involved and enact sanctions or warnings on any forest management officers who have violated rules. Earlier, the management officials of the national parks excluded two vice-heads of its park ranger unit -- Hoang Van Que and Nguyen Huu Tri -- from the force to hunt for the illegal loggers in order to "secure information." The two were also asked to write a … [Read more...] about Quang Binh urges resolution to sua tree case
VietNamNet Bridge - The recent exhibition of ornamental trees and animals held in the Hanoi Museum to celebrate the city's 1000th anniversary gathered the most unique and expensive ornamental trees in Vietnam. This was a rare chance to view the most unique ornamental trees from around Vietnam, which are typically worth millions of US dollars. The visitors could also find out more about their owners, most of them rather eccentric characters. VietNamNet Bridge's Kien Trung discovered the story of one of the most famous ornamental tree in Vietnam, called "mam xoi con ga" (which literally means "A tray of steamed glutinous rice and a chicken"). There are many legends about this ancient sanh tree, which is owned by Nam Thanh, a gold and gemstone trader in the midland city of Viet Tri, Phu Tho province. The tree, worth millions of US dollars, is believe to be the most expensive of its kind in the whole country. A Google search for "mam xoi con ga" tree, returns millions of results … [Read more...] about The story of an unusual tree