Fuzzy, green and amazing to look at up close, moss are essential to Earth's ecosystems and guard against soil erosion. They not only cover forest floors and rocks but even gritty urban walls too, if given a little help. Hailing now from Brooklyn, Japanese landscape designer and artist Mineo Mizuno turns the man-made forms of ceramics into a host for the soft textures of moss, creating a series of stunning, minimalist sculptures that are truly living.
Calling the series "Coexistence," Mizuno begins by studding the surfaces of his works with holes, creating opportunistic spaces for various species of mosses to grow in patterns that evoke microcosmic, zen-like landscapes.
According to Inhabitat and Urban Gardens, Mizuno collects his mosses during his early bike rides and after planting them, waters them with a self-made misting "contraption," as mosses need a lot of moisture to thrive.
Inspired by a recent trip to Japan, Mizuno decided to integrate ceramics and horticulture by using moss as a kind of outer skin or glaze for his works. As the moss ages, it completely covers the ceramic form, creating a kind of mysterious symbiosis between man and plant, with a living sensitivity to its surroundings.
Full of serene beauty, these vibrant yet almost meditative forms seem to invite us to touch them, to breathe deeply and to relax. More over at Mineo Mizuno's website.