The Tree of 40 Fruits

Exploring Sam Van Aken’s hybrid trees

background image from smithsonianmag.com

An unconventional type of tree

a sample of the bounty of a Tree of Forty Fruit, image from orchardpeople.com
images from smithsonianmag.com and samvanaken.com, respectively

So, how are these assorted trees, worth tens of thousands of dollars, brought to life?

image from samvanaken.com

The idea is to trick the host tree into believing the new pieces are part of itself.

Sam Van Aken, image from go-for-better.com

Nature as art?

I want the tree to interrupt and transform the everyday. When the tree unexpectedly blossoms in different colors, or you see these different types of fruit hanging from its branches, it not only changes the way you look at it, but it changes the way you perceive [things] in general.

images from samvanaken.com, from left to right: Orchid Graft, Tree Tag Graft, False Cloud

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