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