Taking art to stratospheric heights—quite literally—is Japanese artist Makoto Azuma, whose recent Exobiotanica project involved a visual performance that very nearly defies belief. “I wanted to see the movement and beauty of plants and flowers suspended in space,” Azuma said, and to prove the point, created two separate botanical compositions—a 50 year-old Japanese bonsai and a floral arrangement of colorful blooms—for the explicit purpose of launching them into space.
That it’s possible for an artist to execute on an ambition this lofty will come as a surprise to creatives toiling away in hopes of a first gallery exhibit, but, thanks to devices created by JP Aerospace, a volunteer organization that launches objects into space (and who knew such a thing existed?) and cameras provided by Fuji Film, Azuma was able to realize (and record) his vision high above Nevada’s Black Rock Desert a few weeks ago. Befitting the ephemeral nature of this project, both of Azuma’s creations disintegrated long before falling back to earth, but as these photos attest, otherworldly beauty has its price.Images: New York Times