When art becomes science.
Usually I think that art is often taking science and looking at it in a different way, allowing the unseen to become seen. Though this is also true of Macoto Murayama’s artworks of flowers, they are so intricate and stunning that I think they have become scientific pieces in themselves.
Commelina communis L. – side view – ow, 2011.
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Murayama collects flowers and carfully dissects them piece by piece. Under a microscope he draws and takes photographs of the flower parts. He then puts it all into a 3D model on the computer where he adds measurements and labels parts. Murayama said that when he looked closer at the flowers, he not only found organic structures but also mechanical and inorganic elements which changed his perception of flowers completely.
Lathyrus odoratus L – side view – b, 2012.
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He has said that “An image of a thing presented with massive and various information is not just visually beautiful, it is also possible to catch an elaborate operation involved in the process of construction of this thing”. They are certainly better than any diagram I have seen in a text book.
If you want to see more go to his website: http://www.frantic.jp/en/artist/artist-murayama.html