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Underwater Bonsai

Botanical artist Makoto Azuma has been perennially experimenting with bonsai in search of new ways of viewing one of Japan’s oldest art forms. His latest endeavor is to recreate a sustainable bonsai within an underwater environment.

Deadwood is garnished with java moss to resemble leaves, and then secured within a clear, minimal aquarium. And to recreate the natural cycles that exist within nature, LED lights and CO2 emissions within the tank help stimulate photosynthesis. Finally, a filtration system keeps the water free of bacteria and other organisms.

There’s something incredibly calming about watching this plant gracefully and ever-so-quietly breathing, floating in the most abundant compound on Earth’s surface; an essential element for all life on our planet.

I love seeing these preparatory sketches.

source: Azuma Makoto

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