Tree of
40 Fruit

Photo credit. Everson Museum of Art

In partnership with Syracuse University’s Connective Corridor, the Everson Museum of Art is excited to present the Tree of 40 Fruit, part of an ongoing series of hybridized fruit trees by contemporary artist Sam Van Aken. Each unique tree grows over forty different types of stone fruit including peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and almonds. Sculpted through the process of grafting, the Tree of 40 Fruit blossoms in variegated tones of pink, crimson and white in spring, and in summer bear a multitude of fruit. Primarily composed of native and antique varieties the Tree of 40 Fruit is a form of conservation, preserving heirloom stone fruit varieties that are not commercially produced or available.

Sam Van Aken is associate professor of art at Syracuse University and is represented by Ronald Feldman Arts.