Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Fruit Salad Tree

"Once, there was a king. Inside his palace wall was an enormous garden. In the very center of that garden was a famous tree. On the tree grew three magical fruits, each a different color" The Magic Fruit by Doug Lipman

Discovering the existence of the fruit salad tree (pictured above) has been heartening. A hint of fairy tale reality becoming reality.
It was developed by the West family in New South Wales, Australia and the process involves grafting branches from compatible fruit trees onto one. The result is 4 different trees each with there own variety of fruit. For example there is a stone fruit tree with apricots, peaches, plums, nectarines and peachcots; a citrus tree with oranges, mandarins, lemons, limes, tangellos, grapefruit; a multiple apple tree, and a pear tree.

This is an example of science creating what we have only ever dreamed of. What is the relationship to art? Is some sort of charm, whimsy, enchantment or hope lost in these literal translations that a figurative, imaginative art translation would keep?

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