With 12 rounded petals and smiling faces, Takashi Murakami’s flower balls are celebrated for their display of joy and innocence. The Japanese artist’s fascination with flowers began when he worked as a schoolteacher in the 1980s. Every other day, the artist would buy fresh blooms for his students to practice drawing. After repeating this lesson plan for nine years, he found himself enchanted by the individual personalities of flowers. With their beaming smiles, Murakami’s flowers are now his most recognizable motif, having been featured everywhere from the Palace of Versailles to Vans sneakers.