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For the past several years Trendland have been covering the gorgeous work of Japanese botanical artist Azuma Makoto. With his ongoing series “Bloom” where he launched bouquets of flowers into space and floated them in the middle of the sea. But the artist, whose work often deals with the ephemeral nature of his subject matter, has frozen flowers in blocks of ice and placed them at the center of decommissioned power plants. For his latest endeavor “SEPHIROTHIC FLOWER : Diving Into The Unknown” he plunged bouquets and a bonsai into the least explored part of this planet: the bottom of the sea.
From the Artist: In this experiment, we will send a bouquet of various flowers 2000 meters deep into the Suruga Bay, Shizuoka Prefecture, and observe using a deep sea remotely operated exploration vehicle. In contrast to the bright summer daylight at the foot of Mount Fuji, the flowers will be swallowed slowly into the darkness, where not a single ray of light shines. Using the advanced marine technology of Japan, the beauty of flowers seen only on ground surface will touch the sea floor, the origin of life.
We will document the contrast of the beauty of flowers and the harsh environment of the deep sea, as they are suddenly taken by the sea current, encounter mysterious sea creatures, and endure the low sound and high pressure of the sea.
Photography © Shunsuke Shiinoki / AMKK