After recently sending his beautiful flower arrangements off into space, Azuma Makato has plunged a fresh set of flowers into the depths of the ocean. For a project entitled Sephirothic Flower: Diving Into the Unknown, the artist sent three bouquets of flowers and a pine bonsai to a depth of 881 meters with an atmospheric sea pressure of 885 pa.
A remotely operated exploration vehicle followed the flowers into the Suruga Bay of Japan.
“There was a feeling of letting go, of releasing them into a new dimension,” Makato said, “Cut flowers are cut from nature; you’re counting down to their death. But with this, it was like we were rewinding that process. There was a feeling that they were going back to nature, which felt very dramatic for me.”
This bouquet was christened Red God.
The Pine God bonsai attained depths of 1,019 meters with a sea pressure of 1027 pa.
The Summer Bouquet is explored by a crustacean.
The God to God bouquet which looks almost perfect deep underwater.
This photo series is a continuation of the artist’s In Bloom project.
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