Artist Pours Water Over Massive Flower Arrangement To Preserve Bright Blooms in Ice

Frozen Flowers Installation by Makoto Azuma

“Frozen Flowers,” 2018 ©︎Shiinoki / AMKK

Florist and botanical sculptor Azuma Makoto pushes the boundaries of flower arrangement with his surrealist installation art. He explores themes like the ephemerality of nature by preserving bouquets in blocks of ice, submerging Bonzai trees in tanks of water, and even launching plants into space.

One of his more recent creations, entitled Frozen Flowers, required the artist to travel to the Notsuke peninsula in Hokkaido in the dead of winter. There, he constructed a tall tower of open flowers and doused it with water so that it would freeze over. The layers of ice preserved the viridity of the numerous blooms, even as the icicles descended from the stems, leaves, and petals. This hulking form shows the visual power of flowers; the bright blooms still managed to shine through the dense icicles.

Additionally, the size of the arrangement made it the sole focus among the flat, desolate landscape—again, highlighting the visual impact nature can have. “The place where this installation was held in Hokkaido is also called the end of the world since blighted pine trees are usually spread out there and that place freezes over in winter,” the artist's studio explains. “It was the series of how Azuma pursued unknown possibilities of flowers and how flowers express themselves under this condition.”

You can watch a video of Azuma's process via his website. Scroll down to see more images of this amazing piece, and follow the artist on Instagram to keep up-to-date with his latest projects.

Japanese artist Azuma Makoto traveled to Hokkaido to construct a tall botanical sculpture out of numerous flowers.

Frozen Flowers Installation by Makoto Azuma

“Frozen Flowers,” 2018 ©︎Shiinoki / AMKK

He then doused the piece in water so that the flowers would be preserved in ice.

Frozen Flowers Installation by Makoto Azuma

“Frozen Flowers,” 2018 ©︎Shiinoki / AMKK

Frozen Flowers Installation by Makoto Azuma

“Frozen Flowers,” 2018 ©︎Shiinoki / AMKK

Frozen Flowers Installation by Makoto Azuma

“Frozen Flowers,” 2018 ©︎Shiinoki / AMKK

Frozen Flowers Installation by Makoto Azuma

“Frozen Flowers,” 2018 ©︎Shiinoki / AMKK

Frozen Flowers Installation by Makoto Azuma

“Frozen Flowers,” 2018 ©︎Shiinoki / AMKK

Frozen Flowers Installation by Makoto Azuma

“Frozen Flowers,” 2018 ©︎Shiinoki / AMKK

Frozen Flowers Installation by Makoto Azuma

“Frozen Flowers,” 2018 ©︎Shiinoki / AMKK

Frozen Flowers Installation by Makoto Azuma

“Frozen Flowers,” 2018 ©︎Shiinoki / AMKK

Azuma Makoto: Website | Facebook | Instagram

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. When she’s not writing, Margherita continues to develop her creative practice in sequential art.
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