From the precarious balancing of river stones to the careful arrangement of found organic materials, there's no shortage of inventive ways to show one's appreciation for nature through art.
But for Japanese artist Baku Maeda, honoring the natural world means whipping out some scissors and cutting up plants into pixel-like square bits.
The short clip above gives a quick look at some of his most captivating "Bit Flowers," courtesy of Sapporo's Dell Gardens. While much of Maeda's "Bit" series involves flowery blooms, he's also been known to chop up green leaves, like the aquatic lily plant below:
Given the inherently destructive act of snipping the leaves, some nature lovers might scoff at Maeda's work. However, plucking and snipping plants in the name of art is nothing new. After all, you can buy cut flowers at virtually any supermarket and there are entire parades that boast elaborate flower floats requiring hundreds of thousands of blooms.
Meanwhile, Maeda's work only requires a simple, careful trim into a surreal digital-esque shape. In many cases, like the dandelion above, he doesn't even pluck it from the ground — meaning the flower can live out its normal lifespan, even with its unconventional new look.