In contemporary culture, it is human nature to wish for wealth and the ability to influence one’s destiny. The god of wealth in Chinese culture is Ts’ai Shen, whose identifying symbol is the money tree with branches and fruit made of cash and gold ingots. In popular lore, the money tree is believed to bestow happiness, material prosperity, and a long life.
Chinese-born artist Ming Fay has created his interpretation of the money tree where golden round leaves of papier-mâché resemble gold coins. Fay’s money trees shower down from above as a symbolic representation of plentitude like coins falling from heaven. Fay’s garden of money also honors the artist’s respect for nature as the ultimate symbol of power and eternal beauty.