Award-winning artist and professor, Sam Van Aken’s latest project has combined the beauty of art and the magic of science to create ‘The Tree of 40 fruit.’
The name of this amazing creation does not disappoint, with the tree producing 40 different varieties of peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and even almonds.
Sam’s creation is even more amazing due to the fact that some of the fruits are ancient and are varieties that are very hard to come by.
The tree itself is a stunning work of art, with crimson, pink, purple and white blooms.
Sam has placed 16 unique 40 fruit trees around the USA in museums, community centres and private art collections and visits each twice a year to prune and collect grafts for future trees.
It takes a total of 5 years for each tree to develop and then another 4 years for it to produce the 40 fruits.
Sam hopes his creation will teach people of all the different varieties of plums, apricots and peaches that were once available and perhaps raise question as to why there is such a small variety available in stores.
You have to admit…this is some yummy art!
Article written by D Mulhern