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Azuma Makoto’s Pixelated Bonsai is Made from LEGOs

Posted By Lori Zimmer On November 28, 2012 @ 10:30 am In biomimicry,carousel showcase,Decorative Objects | No Comments

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Botanical artist Azuma Makoto’s [2] latest masterpiece wasn’t crafted from branches and blooms, but instead from LEGOs [3]! The artist has built a life-like bonsai from the popular children’s blocks. The tree leans in true bonsai fashion [4], and is rooted in a textured LEGO grass planter.



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The Tokyo based Azuma is no stranger to the beauty of botanica [6], often using living plants and fallen leaves to create sculptural works. His LEGO bonsai is a contrast to this- using plastic blocks to represent a living plant. The resulting tree looks like a pixilated version of the traditional Japanese plant.

Browns, greens and black LEGO blocks are transformed into the bark and leaves of the leaning tree, which rests in a moss-covered LEGO dish. The trunk and branches are made from bigger double LEGO blocks [7], while the dainty green leaves are made up of singular blocks.

From afar, the tree appears to be a real bonsai, the blocks blurry together to give the illusion of a real tree [8].

The creative plastic plant measures up to real bonsai trees, fitting perfectly on a side table or shelf- but no need to put this tree near a window! Azuma’s miniature LEGO plant brings all the serenity that a real bonsai [9] does to a room- but without the rigorous watering, fertilizing and training regimen needed to care for a living tree!

+ Azuma Makoto [2]

Via Spoon Tamago [10]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=462415

[2] Azuma Makoto’s: http://azumamakoto.com/

[3] LEGOs: http://inhabitat.com/larger-than-life-lego-forest-springs-up-in-australias-living-desert/

[4] true bonsai fashion: http://inhabitat.com/takanori-aibas-amazing-bonzai-castles-are-miniature-living-worlds/

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=462416

[6] no stranger to the beauty of botanica: http://inhabitat.com/azuma-makatos-lush-sculptures-are-made-from-hundreds-of-folded-leaves/

[7] LEGO blocks: http://inhabitat.com/mind-blowing-lego-temple-folds-together-like-a-pop-up-book/

[8] illusion of a real tree: http://inhabitat.com/the-electree-is-a-bonsai-inspired-solar-phone-and-tablet-charger-for-your-home-or-office/

[9] a real bonsai: http://inhabitat.com/mdc-interiors-living-table-doubles-as-a-bonsai-tree-planter/

[10] Spoon Tamago: http://www.spoon-tamago.com/2012/11/26/lego-bonsai-tree-by-makoto-azuma/

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