Artist Azuma Makoto Creates Futuristic Ecosphere for Bonsai Tree

A machine that stimulates the necessary conditions for plants to survive.

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Japanese artist Azuma Makoto specializes in creating intricate floral arrangements. Oftentimes, the artist takes to unconventional methods in presenting a vivid array of diverse flora with Makoto even having sent a bonsai tree into space. Now, the artist unveils a futuristic plant protection machine that draws inspiration from 19th-century terrariums. Built for the modern society, the ecosphere titled ‘Paludarium TACHIKO’ marks the fourth plant housing unit in an ongoing series spearheaded by the artist. The machine stimulates the necessary conditions to preserve plants housed inside it.

In regards to its specs, the artist expressed in a statement: “This machine is fully equipped with a drip feed-water system and a mist machine in order to maintain the condition of a plant and control inside temperature and humidity. Also it can fully capture the natural light from glasses that surround all sides, and one can observe a plant into the details through the original flower loupe hanging in front.”

View the futuristic ecosphere above and then visit Azuma Makoto’s website for further details.

Elsewhere in art, Virgil Abloh recently opened the doors to his ongoing “Figures of Speech” exhibition at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art.

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New artwork!!! Encapsulated environmental system: Paludarium TACHIKO 【密閉型環境実験システム・パルダリウム刀子】 Size: W840 x D900 x H2,100(mm) Paludarium, a small conservatory invented in England in the 19th century, is a plant protection machine that has been later exhibited at the Paris Expo and such. This work “Paludarium TACHIKO” is a result of new interpretation of Paludarium, which is now equipped with various functions and transformed into a contemporary encapsulated environmental system. The machine takes in essential elements – water(rain and fog), wind, light and sound – by artificial means and completes a small world where its ecological cycle is condensed. パルダリウムと呼ばれる小さな温室は19世紀のイギリスで発明され、その後パリ万博にも出展された植物保管機である。今回、このパルダリウムに新たな解釈を施し、さまざまな機能を装備することで密閉型環境システムとして現代に置き換えた作品が【パルダリウム刀子】である。 この装置の中で雨、霧、風、光、音という植物に必要不可欠な要素を人工的に取り入れることで、地球の生態系のサイクルを縮小した一つの小さな世界が完成する。 #azumamakoto #makotoazuma #shiinokishunsuke #amkk #amkkproject #東信 #東信花樹研究所 #flowerart #Paludarium #tachiko

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