Japanese Botanical Artist Launches Flowers Into Outer Space

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When it comes to flower arrangements, Japanese artist Makoto Azuma is quite literally pushing the boundaries out of this world. It all started 20 years ago, when the one-time rock musician took a part-time job at a flower shop.

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There he began to appreciate the power and beauty of plants. The experience made him think: “if flowers symbolize Earthly beauty, how can I push nature’s boundaries? How can I transport beauty to where it doesn’t currently exist?” His answer: bring flowers to outer space.

Now, as part of an ongoing experimental artistic series, Azuma and a crew of florists, balloon experts and cameramen are launching carefully selected flower arrangements into the atmosphere.

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Azuma began his career as a flower artist in 2002 with the opening of the flower shop JARDINS des FLEURS.He partnered with photographer Shiinoki Shunsuketo to open the flower shop. Around 2005 Azuma began to explore a new form of floral design that he called botanical sculpture, the work for which he is now well known.

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