azuma makoto launches flowers into the stratosphere and documents the journey

azuma makoto launches flowers into the stratosphere and documents the journey

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

  • What flowers were in the arrangement does anyone know? I’m going on a first date soon with a girl who is an aspiring astronaut and I’d love to bring her these!

    Robert Kennerney says:

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