Japanese botanic artist Makoto Azuma has taken his latest floral art project called ‘Exbiotanica’ to a crazy place… space. Or at least to the stratosphere. Azuma and his 10-person crew partnered with JP Aerospace to float a Japanese white pine bonsai suspended from a metal frame and an arrangement of exotic flowers to the edge of space. They launched in the early morning in the Black Rock Desert outside Gerlach, Nevada. The resulting images are breathtaking and make space seem like a little bit less of a fantasy.
“The best thing about this project is that space is so foreign to most of us,” says John Powell of JP Aerospace. “So seeing a familiar object like a bouquet of flowers flying above Earth domesticates space, and the idea of traveling into it.”
See the stunning pictures of ‘Exbiotanica’ and the launch process below!