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Force Of Nature

Through his wildly imaginative botanical sculptures, Japanese floral artist Azuma  Makoto has risen to rock-star status—but his latest undertaking is his tallest order yet.

Jane Keltner De Valle

The delicate art of floral design has long been mired in politesse— conventional, domestic, overtly feminine—but the work of Azuma Makoto is explosive, both literally and metaphorically. Over the course of two decades, the peroxide blond Japanese superstar has set dahlias on fire, propelled a bonsai tree into space, and floated 10,000 heliconia blooms in the middle of an ocean, all to haunting effect. Traditional arrangements, these are not.

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