Azuma Makoto’s Ephemeral of Frozen Flowers Will Melt Away #ArtTuesday
The sign that once read “HOLLYWOODLAND” now solemnly proclaims to everyone toiling away in to bring us entertainment that the land has been lost and only the empire of light remains. But this past week, not even the famed HOLLYWOOD sign in the Santa Monica Mountains could escape the snow that swept through the higher altitudes of the usually Sunny west coast. The frozen peaks above the San Fernando Valley and Malibu would look just right in the work of Azuma Makoto. Here’s more from COLOSSAL:
On a frozen lake in the Notsuke Peninsula, a tendril of land that juts out from Hokkaido’s east coast, acclaimed floral artist Azuma Makoto has constructed the third botanical sculpture in an ongoing series called Frozen Flowers. The first edition was composed in this same location in 2019 and again in 2021, and every year, the conditions have been a little bit different. The artist is interested in how variables like temperature, wind, or snowfall can alter the surrounding environment and make every version unique.
An important facet of Makoto’s practice is working alongside and adapting to nature and striking a collaborative balance so that he’s neither trying to control it nor controlled by it. Arranged on a scaffold and surrounded by a field of snow, bunches of flowers and foliage in a range of colors and textures are doused with water before they solidify into thousands of icicles. The artist and a team of assistants worked through the night, waiting until temperatures were at their lowest so that the ice would form quickly. The following morning, the sun revealed the finished composition, and by design, ultimately melted it.
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