azuma makoto submerges intricate botanical sculpture in the clear waters of japan

azuma makoto submerges intricate botanical sculpture in the clear waters of japan

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Azuma Makoto Installs floral sculpture in Japanese waters

 

Over the course of his career, Japanese botanical artist Azuma Makoto has created works that bring flowers to the spotlight, transporting them to locations and situations that expand beyond the natural world’s limitations. Makoto has already launched flower bouquets into space, preserved bonsai trees inside futuristic ecospheres, and set floral installations against frozen, snowy landscapes. In his latest project, the artist set an intricate botanical sculpture in the waters of Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, Japan, submerging flowers into the abyss of the deep sea for the second time. 

azuma makoto submerges intricate botanical sculpture in the clear waters of japan
the intricate botanical sculpture was installed in the clear waters of Ishigaki Island

all images courtesy of Azuma Makoto

 

 

vivid flowers shimmer through the clear blue water

 

This latest project emerges as a kind of mixture between Makoto’s detailed botanical sculptures, and his ‘In Bloom’ project, in which he places flowers and plants in places where they would not ordinarily survive. With the assistance of local divers and fishermen, the new work was erected in the waters of Ishigaki Island in Okinawa, Japan.

 

The new sculpture consists of various flowers and plants whose bright colors shimmer through the clear blue pool-like water. To create this installation, the Japanese artist tied many bouquets of flowers to the base structure but soon discovered that it was difficult to secure the plants and work against buoyancy underwater. Eventually, Makoto and his team found that the flowers could be freely shaped and flexible with swell or underwater pressure without fading their beautiful colors. As a result, a striking sculpture of vibrant flowers emerges, its leaves and blossoms swaying in ocean currents.

azuma makoto submerges intricate botanical sculpture in the clear waters of japan
the new work was installed with the assistance of local divers and fishermen

azuma makoto submerges intricate botanical sculpture in the clear waters of japan
Makoto and his team tied many bouquets of flowers to the base structure

azuma makoto submerges intricate botanical sculpture in the clear waters of japan
a striking sculpture of vibrant flowers emerges, its leaves and blossoms swaying in ocean currents

azuma makoto submerges intricate botanical sculpture in the clear waters of japan

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azuma makoto submerges intricate botanical sculpture in the clear waters of japan

azuma makoto submerges intricate botanical sculpture in the clear waters of japan

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azuma makoto submerges intricate botanical sculpture in the clear waters of japan

azuma makoto submerges intricate botanical sculpture in the clear waters of japan

azuma makoto submerges intricate botanical sculpture in the clear waters of japan

 

 

project info: 

 

name: Botanical sculpture x In Bloom project Sea #2
artist: Azuma Makoto

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