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Artist Plants a Red Flower Tower in the Sea

Azuma Makoto takes his 'In Bloom' series to the sea.
March 3, 2015, 2:45pm
Images courtesy the artist. Photograph: Shiinoki.

Tied to a wooden raft used by local fisherman, a four-meter-tall tower of 10,000 flaming red Heliconia flowers is set afloat into the Hinoba-an Sea, Negros Island in the Philippines. Another installation by flower artist Azuma Makoto's, In Bloom #2 DAGAT&BULAKLAK forms the second edition of his In Bloom series, which sees the artist install floral sculptures into environments where "nature does not allow them to exist." Previously, he sent a bonsai tree into space and froze bouquets in ice for another series.

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"With nothing blocked the harsh sunlight, blown by salted water, the sculpture of flowers quietly floated in the cobalt blue ocean," Makoto explains on his site. "The ocean accounts 70% of the surface of the earth, and therefore it created magnificent stage for the project."

Below, dive into the creative process in photos, the mini-documentary, and a timelapse of the sculpture:

Photograph: Shiinoki

Photograph: Shiinoki

Photograph: Shiinoki

Photograph: Shiinoki

Photograph: Shiinoki

Photograph: Shiinoki

Photograph: Shiinoki

Photograph: Shiinoki

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