Well, gee whiz! I’m so stunned to see that Plant Propaganda had a cameo appearance during the iPhone 6 launch event earlier today. I couldn’t be happier, as I am a genuine fan of Apple products and have been holding out for the 6 for what seems like forever! The new iPhone not only makes it super simple to read your favorite blogs (like this one, of course), you can view and take photos of all the super crazy plants you want in higher resolution than ever before!
So, in honor of the iPhone 6’s super sleek, rounded and more organic new design, I’m sharing with you all the work of Japanese artist Macoto Muruyama. An architect-turned artist, Murayama is able to capture the intricate detail of a flower’s structure. Starting by first collecting and then dissecting specimens, Murayama carefully draws each plant organ by hand, then recreates them using 3D rendering software, cleans them up in Photoshop and annotates them in Illustrator. This careful de- and reconstruction of an organic object into a beautifully detailed technical drawing reminds me of the manner in which a truly beautiful product – like the iPhone, Eames chair or Nike Air Max 1 – comes to life while keeping in mind the natural needs of the user. And, really, aren’t flowers the ultimate in functional design, developed through trial and error, just like anything else, albeit over millenia rather than a few years? I think so.
Images © Macoto Murayama