50 Year oOd Bonzai Tree Into Space for Exobiotanica Project

50 Year oOd Bonzai Tree Into Space for Exobiotanica Projectazuma makoto sends 50 year old bonzai tree into space for exobiotanica projectTokyo-based artist azuma makoto in collaboration with john powell of JP aerospace have completed a botanical space flight, sending a japanese white pine bonsai suspended from a carbon-fiber frame, and an arrangement of orchids, hydrangeas, lilies and irises, among other plants into the stratosphere. launched with a specially equipped balloon from black rock desert in nevada, the mission, entitled ‘exbiotanica’, was conceptualized to let different plants step into the unknown, away from earth.

50 Year oOd Bonzai Tree Into Space for Exobiotanica Projectazuma makoto launches 50 year old botanical bonzai tree into outer space

 50 Year oOd Bonzai Tree Into Space for Exobiotanica Project
azuma makoto launches 50 year old botanical bonzai tree into outer space

50 Year oOd Bonzai Tree Into Space for Exobiotanica Project
‘plants on the earth rooted in the soil, under the command of gravity. roots, soil and gravity – by giving up the links to life, what kind of ‘beauty’ shall be born? within the harsh ‘nature’, at an attitude of 30,000 meters and minus 50 degrees celsius, the plants evolve into exbiota (extraterrestrial life). a pine tree confronting the ridge line of the earth. a bouquet of flowers marching towards the sun hit by the intense wind. freed from everything, the plants shall head to the space.’azuma makoto
50 Year oOd Bonzai Tree Into Space for Exobiotanica Projectazuma makoto launches 50 year old botanical bonzai tree into outer space
 the sequence of high-resolution photos capture the ‘life and death’ of the plant with the edge of earth as its backdrop
50 Year oOd Bonzai Tree Into Space for Exobiotanica Projectazuma makoto launches 50 year old botanical bonzai tree into outer space
azuma makoto used brightly colored flowers from around the world to contrast against the ‘darkness of space’ 
50 Year oOd Bonzai Tree Into Space for Exobiotanica Projectazuma makoto launches 50 year old botanical bonzai tree into outer space
the botanical exhibition captures and documents the take-off, deployment and landing
50 Year oOd Bonzai Tree Into Space for Exobiotanica Project50 Year oOd Bonzai Tree Into Space for Exobiotanica Projectazuma makoto launches 50 year old botanical bonzai tree into outer space
a spot GPS tracker was used to help locate the carbon fibre frame once it fell down back to earth
50 Year oOd Bonzai Tree Into Space for Exobiotanica Projectazuma makoto launches 50 year old botanical bonzai tree into outer space
the launch from black rock desert in nevada

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