Japanese botanic artist Makoto Azuma has done the unthinkable – his Exobiotanica project sent two pieces of botanical art (one heck of a flower arrangement and one 50-year-old bonsai plant from his personal collection) up into space. What he got back were amazing pictures of what may sound absurd (Plants, in space? Really?) but aesthetically pleasing.

The 38-year-old Tokyo-based artist said that flowers were not just to show on tables. As a result, his newest installations (or whatever they are) now takes that statement of his to the highest level of extremity. The first, “Shiki 1,” is a Japanese white pine bonsai suspended in a square metal frame. The other, left untitled, is an arrangement of carefully selected flowers: lilies, orchids, irises, and hydrangeas, as well as other blossoms (a total of 30 varieties).

He went to Black Rock Desert in Nevada to launch the project into space – but not deep space, only in the stratosphere, enough for him to “see the movement and beauty of plants and flowers suspended in space.” And rightly so, his Exobiotanica project got the attention of JP Aerospace. Starting from 2 AM onwards, here are the results of his daring masterpieces:

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You can visit Makoto Azuma’s website to know more (but be warned, most of it is in Japanese).

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