Image  |   Makoto Azuma
Botanical artist Makoto Azuma (who recently sent flowers into space) transformed a warehouse into an art gallery with stunning exotic floral bouquets frozen inside blocks of ice.

Azuma is interested in observing flowers in unique settings as he sees them as offering a perspective on the life and death of the plant that is often ignored in traditional flower arrangements.  As such in the past, he has suspended plants in midair using wires and stuffed flower petals into bottles.  This art installation was located in a factory in the town of Saitama two hours North West of Tokyo, and consisted of 16 large blocks of ice placed in rows of three on the concrete floor of the building.  

Images  |   Makoto Azuma