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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:04 am Post subject: The Living Bridge - Color Photo attached Reply with quote

 Hi  folks,
 
 Wanted  to  share  my  labor  of  love.
 This  is  the  scape  I  have  been  working  on  for  a  couple  of  years  now(mostly  RnD)  and  finally  did  it  and  achieved  pretty  much  what  I  aimed  for,  feeling  quite  accomplished  with  it.  Even  though  the  rank  card  hasn't  reached  me  yet(delay  caused  by  general  holiday+bandh+slow  postal  services  and  all),  but  I  couldnt  wait  to  show  it  here,  especially  after  getting  a  good  response  on  facebook.
 
 So  heres  a  B&W  teaser,  hopefully  with  the  official  announcement  of  results  I'll  be  putting  up  the  colored  version  of  it  similar  to  what  I  submitted  for  IAPLC...
 
 
 
 A  little  description  of  the  project:
 
 My  scape  pays  tribute  to  what  I  consider  to  be  the  best  example  of  Living,  Sustainable  Architecture  there  is  -  The  Living  Root  Bridges  of  Meghalaya,  India.
 
 In  reality,  these  are  basically  roots  of  strangler  fig  trees  trained  to  go  over  the  river  where  it  roots  the  other  side  and  as  the  tree  grows  the  structure  starts  getting  apparent,  thereby  providing  lifeline  to  the  people  who  built  it,  connecting  them  to  the  outer  world.
 
 Its  a  self  strengthening  structure  that  grows  strong  by  age.
 Though  man-made,  this  unique  pact  with  nature  proves  fruitful  both  for  man  and  nature.  These  bridges  survive  the  harshest  of  conditions  the  flooding  rivers,  rainstorms  could  offer.
 
 The  particular  bridge  I  replicated  in  my  tank  is  most  recognizable  and  one  of  the  oldest  in  existence  today  (probably  a  couple  of  centuries  old).
 
 I,  being  a  student  of  architecture,  felt  the  dire  need  for  promoting  these  bridges,  so  that  we  are  reminded  again  and  again  of  greener  and  better  ways  of  living  on  earth  without  destroying  nature.
 
 Though  a  small  tank,  it  took  me  nearly  2  years  to  collect  the  right  material,  process  it  and  then  build  the  bridge,  on  and  off  whenever  I  had  time  to  work  on  it.  
 
 Yes,  the  bridge  is  a  structure  made  by  joining  small  bits  of  various  roots  including,  Palm  roots,  Malaysian  rootwood  and  other  hardwoods  (all  natural  materials).
 
 AND  in  the  meantime  till  I  recieve  the  rank  card,  do  please  try  to  give  a  wild  guess  of  where  I'd  end  up  with  this  tank  this  year(with  the  ranking)...
 
 And  please  feel  free  to  share  your  views  on  it...  :)
 
 [img]https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/1609750_10204872144423483_9080048114773235668_n.jpg?oh=c0640ca6462b21e5572731bf179edb89&oe=5472ABBE&__gda__=1416742273_a94a5ea42f9310c98267125d43232d7e[/img]


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:57 am Post subject: Re: The Living Bridge Reply with quote

 Nice  !  I  fell  there  will  be  good  results  from  India  in  this  year's  IAPLC.  Best  of  luck.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:35 am Post subject: Re: The Living Bridge Reply with quote

 Hamza,  absolutely  love  your  scape.   Its  great  that  you  thought  of  the  living  bridges  of  Meghalaya  and  kept  it  as  the  central  theme  of  your  tank.   Very  inspiring!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:48 am Post subject: Re: The Living Bridge Reply with quote

 Amazing  concept....  Well  executed  with  minute  details  in  the  scape.
 
 I  can  imagine  the  time  you  have  taken  to  build  the  bridge  with  such  details.  Waiting  for  the  color  version  of  the  picture.
 
 So  each  individual  twigs  are  glued  using  any  adhesive?  Also  the  twigs  used  are  dried  or  fresh  twigs?  As  bending  the  dried  twigs  would  have  been  a  difficult  task  as  it  would  break  while  bending  it.  How  did  you  do  that?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:51 am Post subject: Re: The Living Bridge Reply with quote

 I  am  unable  to  view  the  image?
 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:28 pm Post subject: Re: The Living Bridge Reply with quote

 Nice  work  Hamza.   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:31 pm Post subject: Re: The Living Bridge Reply with quote

 Lovely.  You  have  created  this  with  great  perspective,  looking  like  real  one  in  a  jungle  in  this  teaser.
 
 Also  very  interesting  concept,  fully  natural  bridge  created  which  becomes  big  and  strong  with  age..  excellent  !
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:32 am Post subject: Re: The Living Bridge Reply with quote

 It  looks  excellent.  2  years,  WOW,  You  got  lot  of  patience..   Smile  
 
 waiting  for  colour  version,  it  will  be  a  sight  to  see.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:43 pm Post subject: Re: The Living Bridge Reply with quote

 2  years  in  the  making  and  worth  it,  every  bit.  Looks  spectacular,  will  eagerly  wait  for  the  colored  photograph  to  be  posted.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:01 pm Post subject: Re: The Living Bridge Reply with quote

 Hi  Hamza,
 
 This  is  an  absolute  masterpiece.
 Great  work  done.  Deserves  applause!   Clapping   Clapping   Clapping  
 
 Hope  to  see  you  in  the  TOP  LIST.
 
 Regards,
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 12:36 pm Post subject: Re: The Living Bridge Reply with quote

 wow  waiting  for  color  picture
   Clapping
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 9:44 pm Post subject: Re: The Living Bridge Reply with quote

 Hamza
 This  is  top  of  the  line.  Can't  get  better  than  this.  The  inspiration  is  unique
 Have  the  same  questions  as  Shelly  above
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 Thank  you  so  much  for  your  kind  words!  I  wasnt  expecting  such  an  overwhelming  response.
 
 I  wish  my  scape  had  lived  upto  your  expectations,  anyway  its  a  big  honor  to  receive  such  high  appreciations.  
 
 Here  are  some  details..
 [AQUARIUM  SIZE]W:  70  x  D:  40  x  H:  40  (cm)
 
 [WATER  PLANTS]Hemianthus  Callitrichoides  cuba,  Ceratopteris  sp.  China,  Vescularia  Ferriei,  Hemianthus  micranthemoides,  Potamageton  Gayi,  Pogostemon  Helferi,  Fissidens  Fontanus,  Staurogyne  repens,  Staurogyne  sp.  Porto  Velho,  Hymenophyllaceae  sp.  Wayanad
 
 [FISH]Aplocheilius  blockii,  trigonostigma  hengeli,  neocaridina  heteropoda(fire  red),  cardina  sp.
 
 [SUBSTRATE]A  mix  of  natural  clay  and  topsoil
 
 [FILTER]1000lph  External  Canister
 
 [LIGHT]100w  fluorescent  lamps
 
 [CO2]Pressurized  system
 
 [HARSDCAPE]  Mostly  rootwood(Malaysian,  palm,  ficus,  etc)  experimented  with  verious  kinds  of  wood.  The  ones  that  stayed  intact  submerged  over  very  period  of  time  were  used.  Rock  are  some  river  cobbles.
 
 And  the  bridge  building  process...
 
 
 And  finally  the  color  photo
 


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 Hamza,  loved  that  color  picture  in  FB  page.  It  is  not  showing  up  here  proper.  I  would  love  to  see  this  in  person...  not  sure  when!  Please  let  me  know  if  you  intend  to  dismantle!
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 Woow,  i  love  this  Scap   Clapping  
 
 What  material  (white  sheet)   used  for  giving  slop  at  back  side?
 
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