Flowers in Space

It’s time for another artist spotlight! This time around, Azuma Makoto‘s “EXOBIOTANICA -BOTANICAL SPACE FLIGHT-” takes the cake for most awesome project I should definitely be blogging about.

Personally, I’m more about earthly exploration (there are way too many places to visit during one lifetime anyway), but travelling to space always seems like the ultimate form of adventure. Azuma’s heavenly combination of space travel and installation art definitely tickled my interest and the photographic results of the project are out of this world (hilarious puns intended).

A few days ago (July 15), Azuma sent up two “botanical objects” from Black Rock Desert in Nevada, USA, one being his 50-year-old Japanese white pine Bonsai tree. The other work was an arrangement of orchids, hydrangeas, lilies, irises and other flowers, according to The New York Times.

Neither the Bonsai tree or flower arrangement, which started to fall apart during its flight, have been found back on Earth (yet). Only  the vessel that was used to help get it up into the stratosphere, Earth’s second major atmospheric layer, has been retrieved. Just to give you an idea, that’s roughly between 10 to 50 km up high above Earth’s surface.

Here is what Azuma himself has to say about his efforts:

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.

Deep stuff, deep stuff.

All photos belong to Azuma Makoto, visit his original page to see more.

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