It is science and art at the same time. Sam Van Aken created a tree on which grow forty types of fruit. An artist and professor at Syracuse University, Van Aken recently announced his best project yet. A tree that can grow almost any type of stone fruit you can think of – meaning fruits that have pits in the centre, like cherries or plums.
The way to make them is not as complicated as one may think. What he does is that he cuts a sliver of one tree and with a special tape, attaches it to another one. This, multiplied by 40, is how you get this miracle-looking thing! This process is called chip grafting.
He has done this at many different locations, as these trees need a lot of time to mature and have to be specially “designed” as not every variety blossoms simultaneously. His biggest one yet is in the campus of Syracuse University, and it can be seen from every little part of the campus.
Van Aken tries to plant them in places where many people pass by, as his goal is to intrigue the passers by and have them involved. His work is art and a great project of conservation at the same time.