In a world that is increasingly modern and industrial, artists often use natural motifs as symbols for healing. One artist uses his love of flower imagery to convey anti-war sentiment in a new series of watercolor paintings. Japan-based illustrator Hiroki Takeda adds colorful blooms to poignant images of war to spread a message of peace.
One painting features an airplane tearing across a dull grey sky that is perforated with empty silhouettes of other similar planes. Takeda covers the aircraft with an array of vibrant blossoms that cover the windows and wrap around the wings. Likewise, instead of bombs falling from the plane, it is loose flower stems that gently cascade down the strip of charcoal sky.
In another work, Takeda uses the same grayscale color palette to render a form of a gun, inside of which is a complex composition of two soldiers aiming their weapons at unsuspecting civilians. Littered throughout this grim scene are traces of violet flowers and delicate butterflies. The foliage appears to be growing over the scenes of war, replacing violence with nature.