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Makoto AZUMA: Bridge of Plants
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Published: November 26 2009

Courtesy of AMKK

The City and Greenery. It's a dynamic relationship changing day to day.
In this urban quarter fertile with cultural attractions and bursting with the vitality of its cosmopolitan ambience,
a community has grown and blossomed from seeds of nature sown as its founding. Here in ARK HILLS where this unique symbiosis of City and Greenery flourishes,
I have tried to draw on my insights as a floral artist that have taken me around the world,
and created a bridge of green to symbolize how the gulf between urban life and Nature has been spanned. The gentle curve of this belt of green evokes the image of a wave about to break.
With the media of greenery, I have sketched organic curves inspired
by the shape of chiorophyllic mechanisms that are at the heart of plant cells. In this piece, you will encounter an exceptional variety of plant varieties.
Their cells hungry to receive light and water send out roots and spread their branches.
With every visit to the Karajan Plaza, you will witness new changes in this green
and living objet d'art as it transforms in anticipation of spring.

* The text provided by AMKK.

Last Updated on December 01 2009

Editor's Note by Satoshi KOGANEZAWA

“Bridge of Plants” is the maximum level one as a plant sculpture by Makoto Azuma. There are three works of bridge-like shape exhibited in ARK HILLS. A lot of kinds of plants are planted on the surface of them, and the round external seems like a huge "Insect". The exhibition period makes a clear distinction to the past works due to the exhibition period of a half year this time, though Azuma has already created some works on the concept of the growth or the withering up to now. The work can be viewed for 24 hours, and you would notice the remarkable change of the expression according to time if you visited to it in the morning, daytime, and the evening. What growth and transfigure does the plant show in this half year? Unreasonableness wants not to be said because the material is a plant, and to enjoy limited time by me though only such a work wants you to exhibit when permanent. I expect only such a work to be exhibited permanently. However I know it is impossible since it is a plant, and thus will enjoy it in the limited time. By the way, please be careful that the closest station to the venue is not Roppongi but Roppongi 1-chome and then Tameike Sanno. Otherwise you may have to walk long.

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