At age 21, aspiring musician Azuma Makato made the unlikely leap from punk rock to petunias, leaving his guitar behind to explore the creative possibilities of flower arrangement. Fast-forward fifteen-odd years, and Azuma is not only a world-renowned florist and owner of Tokyo flower shop Jardins des Fleurs, but a globe-trotting artist whose medium is plantlife.
"I don’t make 'things,' but works of art," he says. "Each one is different. I can’t make the same thing twice."
From floating bonsai trees to haute couture flower bouquets, Azuma's work forges fascinating new links between botany and art. Amazing stuff.