2014.7.19【英译中】The Topiary Menagerie

塔檐 (狗狗或者钱钱君) 路人甲
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发表于:2014-07-19 22:25 [只看楼主] [划词开启]
The Topiary Menagerie
园艺动物园

In the front of David Edwards’ house stand a horse, a cat, a dinosaur and a rabbit. The retired businessman has spent the last 26 years transforming garden hedges into lovely animals and becoming a master of topiary (林木修剪). 在戴维爱德华兹的房子前面站着一匹马,一只猫和一只兔子,一只恐龙。这位退休的商人在过去的26年里,将花园的树篱修剪为可爱的动物,成为林木修剪的大师。


The 70-year-old man said his interest was first sparked by a neighbour’s horse. In 1987 he moved to a house with many hedges and a large garden. His son, Christopher, had taken up horse riding and he became fascinated with the shape of horses.“Luckily a neighbour’s horse was prepared to model for me and I was able to attempt life-size topiary.” The topiary horse was created by reshaping an existing hedge into the main body and head. Then the front legs were planted separately and grown to join into the body. During the four years it took to create the horse, it was suggested that it needed a rider, so a life-sized man was grown, leaning (斜靠) against the opposite gatepost (门柱).

这位70岁的老人说,第一个引起他兴趣是邻居的马。1987他搬到这栋有许多树篱和一个大花园的房子里。他的儿子,克里斯托弗,已经学会骑马,并且迷上了马的形状。“对我来说幸运的是,邻居的马为我准备现成模型,让我可以尝试真实大小马的修剪。”将原来的树篱修剪重塑为马的主体和头。之后种下新篱笆作为前腿,不断生长加入马的身体。在四年的时间里他创造出这匹树马,它仿佛在等待一个骑士,所以按照真马大小不断成长,但它都会斜靠在相反的门柱旁。


Since then, more pieces have appeared, including a swan, cats, rabbits and a human face. But Mr. Edwards is most proud of a triceratops (三角龙) which took six years of craft. He said, “The strange thing is that I initially started carving a cow, but then changed my mind halfway through its completion. I’m glad that I changed my mind as the dinosaur is a lot more unique and people are amazed when they first see it.”

自那以后,更多的作品出现了,其中包括一只天鹅,猫,兔子和人的面孔。但爱德华兹先生最得意的作品是三角龙,它花了六年的工艺修剪出来。他说,“奇怪的是,我最初开始是想修剪出一头牛,但后来在快完成的半途中改变了主意。我很高兴我改变了我的想法,因为这只恐龙更独特,当人们第一次看到它都感到惊讶。”


The plant that he uses grows very quickly and is easy to root. He also adds that topiary is a relaxing and rewarding pastime that everyone can do. The advantage of topiary over other types of sculpture is that, unlike carving wood or marble, if a bit too much is accidently cut off, it will regrow next year.
他种植长得很快的植物,且它们易生根。他还补充说,林木修剪是一种每个人都可以做,让人放松又有益的消遣。修剪比其他类型的雕塑的更突出的优点是,不像雕刻木材或大理石,如果不注意出现一点意外切断,它明年还将再生。


现实版剪刀手爱德华···羡慕中。

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