Tokyo-based floral artist Azuma Makoto transforms nature into art, from sending a bonsai tree space to freezing arrangements in ice for couture shows. The above image project, titled ‘exibitionism’, was a collaboration between Makoto and John Powell of JP aerospace.
“plants on the earth rooted in the soil, under the command of gravity. roots, soil and gravity – by giving up the links to life, what kind of ‘beauty’ shall be born? within the harsh ‘nature’, at an altitude of 30,000 meters and minus 50 degrees celsius, the plants evolve into exbiota (extraterrestrial life). a pine tree confronting the ridge line of the earth. a bouquet of flowers marching towards the sun hit by the intense wind. freed from everything, the plants shall head to the space.” – Azuma Makoto
In addition to the space-faring bonsai, Makoto took the bonsai on a ten-year journey around the most inhospitable places on earth. Makoto collaborated with photographer Shunsuke Shiinoki on the series, “Shiki: Landscape and Beyond.”