Japanese artist Azuma Makoto came to art through his career as a florist, which evolved into what he dubs “botanical sculpture,” installation, and performance. For Azuma, plants are the ideal medium not only to explore the transitory nature of beauty and decay, but also to create dramatic and surreal scenarios in nature. His lush, exotic arrangements have been suspended in air, frozen in ice, set on fire, and launched into space. In "Exobiotanica," he partnered with an aerospace company to send a bouquet and a bonsai tree into the stratosphere, documenting their journey and eventual disintegration using cameras and GoPro video. He continues to partner with design and fashion houses to create ephemeral floral installations crafted around events, and recently debuted a collection of permanent sculpture and design objects.