Makoto Azuma is a very talented Japanese artist who makes incredible floral sculptures, installations and compositions and places them in unfamiliar contexts (“The beauty of flowers comes with changing the context”).

Makoto’s incredible floral sculptures delight with unique style, well-thought composition and beautiful selection of colors and shapes. His work attracted many significant brands like Helmut Lang, Hermès, Dior, Lego or Perrier-Jouët.

Azuma’s approach to flowers as art is simply extraordinary. If you don’t know his work, you might think about flowers arrangements in the traditional Ikebana sense but Azuma stands far from that spot. In the past, he has frozen and suspended bonsai trees, submerged them underwater and even launched bonsai and flowers into space.

His latest exhibition titled ‘Iced Flowers’ features a series of extraordinarily beautiful flower bouquets encased in large blocks of ice, exploring the ephemeral and fleeting nature of beauty. The flowers, which are temporarily frozen in time, will eventually wither and die as they thaw out.

The spectacular exhibition was held in a warehouse in Ogose, Saitama Prefecture, where the botanical artist and his team have set up an installation consisting of 16 large blocks of ice, divided into three columns and placed on the concrete floors of the factory, transforming the place into an art gallery.

“Flowers will show unique expressions that they do not display in everyday life, by placed under such a different environment. Please enjoy how flowers and ice change themselves over time in the ruins far from human’s existence – it is an inorganic space that makes a vivid contrast with flowers” said Azuma, referring to his Iced Flowers installation.

The stunning installation of flower bouquets frozen in ice by Makoto Azuma perfectly captures between the sturdy building and the ephemeral life of flowers and ice, between artificiality and nature, between the vibrant flowers and the withering to death process inside the ice. Check it out in the image gallery below.

Flower Bouquets Frozen In Ice By Makoto Azuma (1)

Flower Bouquets Frozen In Ice By Makoto Azuma (2)

Iced Flowers By Makoto Azuma 8

Iced Flowers By Makoto Azuma 9

Flower Bouquets Frozen In Ice By Makoto Azuma (3)

Flower Bouquets Frozen In Ice By Makoto Azuma (4)

Flower Bouquets Frozen In Ice By Makoto Azuma (5)

Flower Bouquets Frozen In Ice By Makoto Azuma

Flower Bouquets Frozen In Ice By Makoto Azuma 6

 

 photo source:  azumamakoto.com