imagine how a spear of a big tree will look like when it has grown
on a narrow
path? A tree should be in 3 dimensions. However, the two sides of
tree crown face the shops and the traffic road have to be chopped down
forcefully. The tree can only grow up within the 2 directions of the
pedestrian path; no wonder it has finally become a 2 dimensions
The top and the bottom left
picture is a Chinese Banyan located in Tai Hang Tung Road. The tree
crown is look so wide and dense when you view from the front but not
from the lateral side of it. It is growing taller but flatter!
Chinese Banyan has a
wide-spreading crown, strong trunks are built up once its aerial
roots reached the ground. It defenses itself from the weakness of
easily rotten by spreading its aerial roots on the floor. But under
human intervention, it lost its aerial roots and two developing
sides, and its nature is violated!
The bottom right picture is a Weeping Fig. It is
planted on the pedestrian path of Nathan Road because of the
government green landscape program in Tsim Sha Tsui. It is unlucky
because its two sides are kept cutting. The shop sign at its top has
also hindered it grows.
I am curious of its fate. Will the government
persuade the shop owner to take away the shop sign, or just let the
Weeping Fig continue to grow and pass the shop sign?
translated by Paula Wong