Daisy bitflower
Daisy bitflower (Photo: Baku Maeda)

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:

Bitleaves in a pond.
Bitleaves in a pond. (Photo: Baku Maeda)

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.

Dandelion bitflower
Dandelion bitflower (Photo: Baku Maeda)

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.

Tiny white bitflowers
Tiny white bitflowers (Photo: Baku Maeda)

If you're as intrigued by Maeda's work as we are, don't forget to check out his Instagram and Tumblr for more of his art.

Pink bitflower
Pink bitflower (Photo: Baku Maeda)

Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.