There is a thin line that separates reality and fantasy. But what do you think happens when there’s interplay or interaction between the two? Is it possible for something unthinkable to become familiar?
Created by artist and professor at Syracuse University Sam Van Aken, this “Tree of 40 Fruit”, as the name suggests, bears 40 varieties of stone fruits including plums, peaches, cherries, apricots and almonds. Fascinated with the ancient agricultural technique called “chip grafting”, Van Aken traveled around New York for several years to find different kinds of stone fruits that he could graft into a base branch called “the working tree.”
In an interview with National Geographic, Van Aken said, “Part of the idea behind the Tree of 40 Fruit was to plant them in locations that people would stumble upon them. And once they happened upon one of these trees, they would start to question ‘Why are the leaves shaped differently?’ ‘Why are they different colors?’”
In the spring, this tree sprouts pink and purple blossoms. Then, in summer, it grows fruits of all kinds. Learn more about Van Aken’s fascinating work of art by watching the video.
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