Dive into Makoto Azuma’s gardens of life and death

Dive into Makoto Azuma’s gardens of life and death

Back in July 2014 Japanese botanical artist florist Makoto Azuma launched his stunning floral sculpture into the earth’s stratosphere for his Exobiotanica project. Today he dives into the ocean.

Sephirothic Flower: Diving Into the Unknown” is Azuma’s oceanic floral expedition set thousands of feet below sea level. “From the confines of his underground design studio, a stark configuration of concrete slabs and stainless steel surfaces in Aoyama, he and a 15-person team embarked on an exhaustive, scientific planning process” reports New York Times. “They spent months designing a steel-infused plastic structure that could withstand the force of the ocean while carrying the flowers and photographic equipment. And they navigated extensive amounts of red tape in order for the final project to take place in Japan’s Suruga Bay, where the underwater trenches can plummet as far as 7,000 feet into the Pacific”

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Azuma is on a mission to connect the ephemeral beauty of flowers with our ever-expanding universe. “There’s a depth to the darkness of the ocean that we couldn’t ever reproduce if we tried. And that became the essence of the project” says the artist who contributed to Dries Van Noten’s spring/summer 2017 runway with his icy botanical sculpture.

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Explore more of his otherworldly adventures which speak of elegance and beauty destined to die, therefore entering eternity, here.

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Photos via Azuma Makoto Instagram