Japanese Floral Artist Azuma Makoto presented his contemplation of life and death with two colorful masterpieces. The two experiments on decomposition are found at the Oi Futuro museum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The first of the two installations, entitled “Gaibu-outside,” is formed from a cut flower garden on the exterior of the museum. The beautiful composition slowly decays and allowing passersby to observe the lifecycle of flowers. Makoto saw his pieces as a piece of reverse agriculture, as the flowers are planted to die. The work is an examination of Buddhist values of impermanence and material temporality. The large installation of flowers in the interior gallery space, named “Naibu-inside,” is to enable the viewer to follow the process of the flower’s decomposition in detail, as if they are housed in a glass box.
Through both installations, the viewer can see the death and decomposition of the flower. Usually, this process is avoided, and be given the rare opportunity to experience it is something one cannot miss.0