Topiary As Found Art
Plants sculpted or grown to appear like other things
Amazon Wild Topiary Comic Topiary Downtown Sacramento Topiary Groomed Topiary Safari Village Topiary Zarcero Topiary
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Comic Topiary, Plants Carved For Humor

The phenomena connected with laughter and that which provokes it have been carefully investigated by psychologists. They agree the predominant characteristics are incongruity or contrast in the object and shock or emotional seizure on the part of the subject. It has also been held that the feeling of superiority is an essential factor: thus Thomas Hobbes speaks of laughter as a "sudden glory". Modern investigators have paid much attention to the origin both of laughter and of smiling, as well as the development of the "play instinct" and its emotional expression.[from wikipedia]

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Downtown Sacramento Topiary, As Found Art, 21st Street and L Street, Sacramento, California

This style of topiary is based on a suitably shaped steel wire frame through which the plants eventually extend as they grow. The frame, which remains as a permanent trimming guide, may be either stuffed with sphagnum moss and then planted, or placed around shrubbery. The sculpture slowly transforms into a permanent topiary as the plants fill in the frame[from wikipedia]

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Groomed Topiary, As Found Art

American portable style topiary was introduced to Disneyland around 1962. Walt Disney helped bring this new medium into being - wishing to recreate his cartoon characters throughout his theme park in the form of landscape shrubbery. This style of topiary is based on a suitably shaped steel wire frame through which the plants eventually extend as they grow. [from wikipedia]

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Safari Village Topiary, Of Wildlife Safari, As A Nature Theme Park Location, Winton, Oregon

Topiary is the horticultural practice of training perennial plants by clipping the foliage and twigs of trees, shrubs and subshrubs to develop and maintain clearly defined shapes, whether geometric or fanciful. [from wikipedia]

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Amazon Wild Topiary, As Found Art

Natural topiary found in and around the Amazon, Peru. Pecause this topiary is natural, a bit more imagination is required to seethe shapes and real things.

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Zarcero Topiary, Of Costa Rica, As Found Art

In Parque Francisco Alvarado, Zarcero, Costa Rica, this topiary was sculpted by Evangelisto Blanco.

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