- Title: Jordanian artist creates miniature trees made of wire
- Date: 18th December 2019
- Summary: AMMAN, JORDAN (DECEMBER 15, 2019) (REUTERS) TIME-LAPSE SHOWING ARTIST, AHMAD AL JUNDI, CREATING WIRE TREE (MUTE) JUNDI WORKING AT WORKSHOP TIME-LAPSE SHOWING JUNDI WORKING WITH WIRE TO MAKE TREE (MUTE) VARIOUS OF JUNDI BENDING WIRE TO MAKE TREE / ARTWORK ON DISPLAY AT WORKSHOP JUNDI CREATING WIRE TREE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) JORDANIAN ARTIST, AHMAD AL JUNDI, SAYING: "It's a big challenge especially when I first started my work. I was personally wondering before I launched my project how would people react to my idea because these items are not used inside our houses and offices. Thankfully people's reaction was positive." JUNDI CLIPPING ENDS OF WIRES ON FINISHED PRODUCT JUNDI SWIPING AWAY EXCESS WIRE / FINISHED ARTWORK JUNDI PLACING FINISHED PRODUCT IN FRAME (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) JORDANIAN ARTIST, AHMAD AL JUNDI, SAYING: (SOUNDBITE STARTS WITH JUNDI CARRYING WIRE TREE PUT IN FRAME AND WALKING TO HANG IT ON WALL): "For me tree symbolise many things including strength, patience and most importantly it symbolises one's homeland. As we, Arabs, perceive olive trees as sacred items, as many people buy it because it (wire tree) looks like an olive tree and I also make it look like an olive tree. It is steady, tough and full of life."
- Embargoed: 1st January 2020 12:43
- Keywords: Amman Art Jordan Trees Wires
- Location: AMMAN, JORDAN
- City: AMMAN, JORDAN
- Country: Algeria
- Topics: Art,Arts / Culture / Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA001BAI5ETX
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: It can take a Jordanian artist between two hours and 10 days to create a miniature tree, made entirely out of wire.
Ahmad al Jundi spends most of his time bending small wires non-stop to produce his extraordinary creations, a passion he pursued over the years.
The 41-year-old artist says he was inspired by Bonsai, an ancient form of Japanese botanical art where miniature trees are created to be kept in small houses.
But Jundi added a local twist to his creations by making miniature wire trees similar to olive trees, a symbol of one's homeland in Jordanian local culture.
"For me tree symbolise many things including strength, patience and most importantly it symbolises one's homeland," he explained.
The self-taught artist created more than 1,000 wire trees during the past five years and managed to sell most of them. Prices of his artwork range between 10 Jordanian dinars ($14) and 300 Jordanian dinars ($423).
He put his creations up for sale in 50 bazaars in Jordan. In one of these bazaars held in an Amman hotel, customers were mesmerised by his innovation.
(Production: Khaled al-Ramahi, Mohammad al-Ramahi, Muath Freij)
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