Architecture and Bonsai meet at ‘Spaces of Liminality: Enter the LAB’ Event August 4th

Architecture and Bonsai meet at ‘Spaces of Liminality: Enter the LAB’

Exploring the intersection of bonsai, architecture, design, art, and performance

Spaces of Liminality: Enter the LAB is the exclusive first performance of the LAB (Living Art of Bonsai). We will witness the creation of a living sculpture and watch as three renowned artists resequence traditional bonsai practices under the influence of a work of an iconic American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. The action is participatory; guests can engage in the dialogue and interject questions in a moderated discussion as the art emerges. The event program includes a presentation about Frank Lloyd Wright and the influence of Japanese culture on his work. This event will be filmed, with footage to be used for a documentary film of the LAB project. You can watch the trailer to this upcoming documentary on our homepage.

  • Saturday, August 4; 2:00 to 6:00 pm
  • The Chauncey L. and Johanna Griggs House (a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home) in Lakewood, WA; exact address to be provided to guests upon registration.

Seating is limited. Tickets to this event may be purchased at: Ticket sales benefit Pacific Bonsai Museum (a 501-c-3 non-profit organization) and its LAB program.

Pacific Bonsai Museum’s LAB (Living Art of Bonsai) is an experimental collaborative for bonsai design innovation. This multiyear endeavor kicks off in 2018 with its inaugural LAB project investigating sequence. The project will reimagine traditional bonsai practices by resequencing the order of influence between the bonsai artist, ceramicist, and standmaker.

Rather than starting with a styled tree and asking both the pot and the standmaker to respond to it (as is traditionally practiced), the LAB asks: what if the stand comes first?; or the pot?; where can these makers take the art of bonsai if they allow themselves to influenced by each other in an entirely new way?

The LAB is a multi-year project, kicking off in 2018 and continuing through 2020, consisting of collaborative working sessions and presentation sessions in notable architectural settings. All members of the design team will be present for each gathering to answer audience questions and discuss their work philosophies and design decisions in detail. These sessions will produce three, one-of-a-kind works of living art, with bonsai styling taking place before a live audience.


Pacific Bonsai Museum connects people to nature through the living art of bonsai. Fifty to 60 of the Museum’s 150 bonsai are displayed at any given time in an outdoor fine art museum setting in the open air of a large forest in Federal Way, Washington. Pacific Bonsai Museum is one of only a handful of public museums in the world solely dedicated to bonsai and the only one in the western United States. Offering contemporary exhibitions, docent-led group tours, education, workshops and more, with a flair for PNW-style innovation, the Pacific Bonsai Museum is poised at the forefront of an evolving art form that is transforming in a uniquely American fashion. 33,000+ people from across the globe visit the museum each year, with visitorship growing as people discover this gem of the Pacific Northwest. Open six days a week, year-round; admission by donation. More at:




Last Updated July 19, 2018