Jeff Smith 2 p.m., Nov. 26
A (Chopstick) Tree Grows on Market
“Omygod. It’s made of chopsticks!”
This is the first thing that happens when people come sit down in J-Wok.
They’re talking about the Japanese-style torrey pine tree sculpture on the wall of J-Wok (744 Market).
Chrissie Beavis, who’s a local architect-designer (her studio’s in Barrio Logan) thought it up when she was reworking — re-wok-ing? — the patio and door for the owners, Justin Chen and Jit Pipatchajonchai. They wanted to replace the leaping tiger mural they had.
“They needed something that stood out,” she says, "but also looked interesting close-up."
So she gave them something that stood out – literally.
“It took about 6000 chopsticks,” she says, "and four days, with four of us building it.”
And then, pruning it?
“Yes," says Chrissie. "I pruned in the Japanese niwaki (‘cloud’) style."
“People want to sit under it," says Sasha, the waitress. "They’re the most popular seats in the restaurant.”
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