Spotted: unidentified floral object

Cue gasping. Interstellar has got nothing on these breathtaking pictures of Azuma Makoto’s work.

Azuma Makoto is a Japanese floral artist. The fashion-mongers among you may remember him from his collaboration with Belgian designer Dries Van Noten during Paris Fashion Week last September. In 2014, he sent a bonsai tree and a bouquet of flowers 30,000 metres into the sky above the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, USA. He attached his green globe-trotters to a specially-adapted high-altitude balloon and used high-speed cameras to record these extraordinary flights of fancy, creating 12,000 photographs in the process.

With this project, Makoto snatches the flowers entirely out of context and their usual setting: “Plants on the earth rooted in the soil, under the command of gravity. By giving up the links to life, what kind of beauty shall be born?”, Makoto writes on the project’s website.

Without further ado, let us enjoy the stunning images Makoto brought upon the world.

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