Zuma Makoto is a botanical artist who uses flowers, plants, roots and other botanical material to create fantastic large scale exhibits. For his latest work he collaborated with John Powell of JP aerospace to send a 50 year bonsai tree as well as flowers and other plants into the stratosphere. The pictures are breathtaking. From Azuma Makoto’s website:
“Plants on the earth rooted in the soil, under the command of gravity.
Roots, soil and gravity – by giving up the links to life, what kind of “beauty” shall be born?
Within the harsh “nature”, at an attitude of 30,000 meters and minus 50 degrees Celsius,
the plants evolve into EXBIOTA (extraterrestrial life).
A pine tree confronting the ridge line of the Earth.
A bouquet of flowers marching towards the sun hit by the intense wind.
Freed from everything, the plants shall head to the space.”