Seigensha, 2016. Paperback, 542pp., 6.5 x 9.75
The fourth book featuring works by master Japanese flower artist and botanical sculptor Makoto Azuma, this edition adds five new series to the ones established in previous editions: Earth, Horizon, Ambiguity, Torus, and Matrix. Filled with Shunsuke Shiinokis breathtaking photographs of flowers and botanical displays, the book celebrates natures diversity and beauty, as well as the poignant, temporal notion of a plant in bloom. It gives an overview of Azumas numerous experiments in presentation and new compositions, with hopes that flowers might be seen as a kind of prayer that goes beyond national and religious boundaries, transcending sex, race, and ethnicity.