azuma makoto has completed the fourth installment of his ‘in bloom’ experimental series. one of the main project objectives is to place elements of botanical life in naturally impossible situations. for this portion of the project, a bouquet of carefully arranged flowers was launched into the stratosphere. this phase reexamined some features of the projects first installment, ‘exobiotanica.’ in which the team successfully launched a 50-year-old bonzai tree into space. like the bonzai tree, the flower bouquet’s entire journey was documented from ground to space and back again.

azuma makoto flowers space
the artist revisited space — launching a large bouquet into the stratosphere

 

 

makoto’s flower arrangement was acquired, assembled, and eventually launched from love lock desert in nevada, USA. the new challenge faced in this installment proved to be the object’s weight. the bouquet’s heavier weight of approximately 6kg, made the launch process more ambitious. the project also used medium-format, mirrorless cameras to record the plant’s journey through space — capturing changes in both light and temperature.

azuma makoto flowers space
medium format mirrorless cameras documented the journey

 

 

three balloon vehicles were launched as part of this installment. each vehicle and its natural bouquet experienced temperatures of around -47.02 f (-43.9 ℃) with an average altitude climb of 95,555 feet in two hours of flight. 

azuma makoto flowers space
the flowers react to the -47 degree temperatures and atmospheric changes

azuma makoto flowers space
the cameras were able to capture gradual changes in the environment

azuma makoto flowers space
one objective was to capture clear images of the flowers’ change and movement

azuma makoto flowers space
the installment included three separate ‘vehicles

azuma makoto flowers space
the flowers were significantly heavier than the bouquets launched in the project’s first installment

azuma makoto flowers space
the earth becomes the backdrop for makoto’s plant arrangements 

azuma makoto flowers space
the flowers were launched from love lock desert in nevada, USA

azuma makoto flowers space
they rose to an average altitude of about 95,555 feet

azuma makoto flowers space
the project included acquisition, assemblage, and launch of the flower bouquets

 

 

 

 

 

project info:

 

artist: azuma makoto
collaborators: JP aerospace, SIX inc., hakuhodo product’s inc., mt. MELVIL
date: august 12, 2017
place: love lock desert, Nevada, US
kinds of flowers: approx. 100 kinds

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    art news