|A Tree of 40 Fruit|
Why did Sam Van Aken create the Tree of 40 Fruit? He believes:
• As artwork, the tree interrupts and transforms the everyday. Van Aken designs and sculpts a tree by how it blossoms.
• As a research project, his stone fruit collection and a Tree of 40 Fruit creates a comprehensive timeline of when varieties blossom in relation with each other, important information for the study of pollinators.
• As a conservation project, he grafts heirloom, antique and native species on each Tree of 40 Fruit and places them throughout country, creating his own type of diversity and preservation.
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Van Aken spoke at TEDx-Manhattan. Listen in here. Read an Epicurious interview with the artist here.