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Japanese artist finds new style of flower power

New York floral 'sculpture' will celebrate fight against COVID-19

Makoto Azuma stands beside a frozen flower sculpture he created in Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost main island. (Courtesy of Shunsuke Shiinoki)

TOKYO -- In September, a Japanese artist with spiky blond hair and a gentle smile will put up what promises to be a monumental and eye-catching work in New York's Times Square. The sculpture, if it can be called that, will be more than 10 meters high, made from tens of thousands of flowers flown in from around the world.

"I hope to create something that everyone will enjoy," says Makoto Azuma, the creative mastermind behind this ephemeral work, which will be on display for just a single day.

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