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Flower Power: Azuma Makoto's Botanical Sculptures

  • Posted by Neil Simonton on September 30, 2011 in Art
  • At age 21, aspiring musician Azuma Makato made the unlikely leap from punk rock to petunias, leaving his guitar behind to explore the creative possibilities of flower arrangement. Fast-forward fifteen-odd years, and Azuma is not only a world-renowned florist and owner of Tokyo flower shop Jardins des Fleurs, but a globe-trotting artist whose medium is plantlife.

    "I don’t make 'things,' but works of art," he says. "Each one is different. I can’t make the same thing twice."

    From floating bonsai trees to haute couture flower bouquets, Azuma's work forges fascinating new links between botany and art. Amazing stuff.





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