Encyclopedia of Flowers : Flower Works
Encyclopedia of Flowers: Flower Works by Makoto Azuma photographed by Shunsuke Shiinoki [Paperback] Kyoko Wada (Editor), Kenya Hara (Designer)
A book for anyone who loves flowers, photography, or art. The book’s illustrations show more than 2000 flowers and plants. The book contains an index listing the scientific names of all the featured plants.
Flowers have been a universal cultural object for millennia. They are an important aesthetic element in everyday life worldwide, and have played a highly symbolic role in art throughout the ages. Over the past few years, Makoto Azuma has created a furor in the art world with his floral installations, in which he creates unusual new shapes from plants and flowers and their component parts. Inspired by the Japanese tradition of ikebana–the art of flower arranging–Azuma creates novel and previously unseen aesthetics by bringing together unusual plants that wouldn’t usually meet in nature–some of them exotic –in extraordinary arrangements. Shunsuke Shiinoki, who opened the “haute-couture” florists Jardin des Fleurs in Tokyo in 2002 in association with Makoto Azuma, captured these exceptional floral installations in extraordinary photographs.