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Japanese Botanical Artist Launches Flowers Into Outer Space

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.


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.