By Jack Williams
This one-of-a-kind art project saw large bouquets of flowers launched into the Earth’s stratosphere – producing a stunning selection of images in the process.
The out-of-this-world shots show the vibrant flower arrangements floating high above the blues and greens of the planet below, the arch of the Earth’s spherical shape clearly visible in the background.
They are part of Tokyo-based artist Azuma Makoto’s ongoing “In Bloom” series, which has seen him arrange flowers in naturally impossible situations.
These situations have included placing plant life within the deep ocean, and even in the middle of the ocean itself.
For this installment, the 41-year-old artist launched three bouquets of plants and flowers from the Lavelock Desert, Nevada, USA, on August 12, 2017.
Flight times for the plants ranged between 1 hour 57 minutes and 2 hours 37 minutes; all three arrangements experienced temperatures of -43.9 Celcuis (-47 F).
Altitudes ranged from 15,000 meters to 30,000 meters, and, in total, approximately 100 different kinds of flowers were used to create the roughly 1.5-meter-wide bouquets.
Images from the project have only just been released, and next month an exhibition of the project is scheduled to be held, Azuma said.
He added: “In Bloom is an experimental series that pursues new botanical life force, beauty and possibilities, arranging them in spaces or places where they cannot live originally.
“I pursued what kind of contrast and what aspects of flowers shall be born when plants exists in spaces where man and plants can’t easily get to.
“I hear a lot of positive comments, but I don’t care so much about it.
“I want to continue bringing out the charms that flowers and plants have, express them and to enhance their values.”