In the Vietnamese miniature landscape art of Hon Non Bo, figures are often used to convey specific messages or themes. Egrets, for example, pay homage to a wife’s love and devotion*.
Feather rock fragments and driftwood support each other to form this rugged island cairn. At the juncture of the two, a waterfall cascades down the facets of the rocks into the lagoon. The live plant draws water up through the rocks. The tray was formed of reclaimed Corian, sandblasted for a rough finish.
*Lit, P.V. and Buller, L. (2001). Mountains in the Sea: The Vietnamese Miniature Landscape Art of Hon Non Bo. Portland: Timber Press. p. 71.