Plant space.  Credit: Makoto Azuma

Plant space.
Credit: Makoto Azuma

The site is the Black Rock Desert, Nevada.On July 15, California-based JP Aerospace lofted the artwork of Makoto Azuma, a “flower artist,” via high-altitude balloons.

The mission carried a bonsai and a flower arrangement for the Japanese artist to the edge of space for a photo shoot. Ten on board HD cameras captured the botanicals in flight.

From the artist’s AMKK website, the effort is among many “to increase the existential value of plants by finding out the most mysterious figure only owned by flowers and plants and converting it to the artistic expression.”

Liftoff - JP Aerospace balloon ascends. Credit: Makoto Azuma

Liftoff – JP Aerospace balloon ascends.
Credit: Makoto Azuma

 

In detailing the artwork called Exobiotanica – Botanical Space Flight – the site explains:

Plants on the earth rooted in the soil, under the command of gravity.

Roots, soil and gravity – by giving up the links to life, what kind of “beauty” shall be born?

Within the harsh “nature”, at an attitude of 30,000 meters and minus 50 degrees Celsius, the plants evolve into EXBIOTA (extraterrestrial life).

A pine tree confronting the ridge line of the Earth.

A bouquet of flowers marching towards the sun hit by the intense wind.

Freed from everything, the plants shall head to the space.

Credit: Makoto Azuma

Credit: Makoto Azuma

Credit: Makoto Azuma

Credit: Makoto Azuma

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