Tree Bears 40 Different Fruits

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Sculptor Sam Van Aken had bought a failing orchard in upstate New York where hundreds of different fruit trees grow. He grafted several of the different varieties into one tree. Six years later, the tree bore fruit. Except they aren’t just one type but 40.

Each unique Tree of 40 Fruit 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 blossom 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 are a form of conversation, preserving heirloom stone fruit varieties that are not commercially produced or available.

Travel On Your Tee

Dustin Summers and Jason Kernevich, the creative minds behind Heads Of State Design Studio, have brought us a new collection of t-shirts that celebrate the Golden Age of Travel, paying homage to airports around the world. The brand Pilot & Captain specialises in t-shirts emblazoned the with the three letter airport codes, from TYO to SAN via MXP. They even stock a pure white shirt for the absent commercial airports of Antarctica.

Now that you know, all you need to do is pick your favourite airport, buy the t-shirt and wear it with pride.

Now for the Tokyo and Melbourne ones…

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Sand Paintings

I’ve blogged about Kseniya Simonova’s awe-inspiring sand art animation before (the very touching one she did about the Ukraine war in Ukraine’s Got Talent).

Artist Joe Mangrum takes on sand in a very different manner. He has created over 650 public sand paintings on the streets of New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and other big cities since 2009. These bright and colourful sand paintings usually take him six to eight hours of back breaking work, only to have the temporary works disappear later on.

His paintings mimic the geometry and beauty of underwater creatures and carnivorous plants emanating electrical impulses. With a pop art feel to them, it’s no wonder that peple passing by can’t help but stop and stare at the entrancing works. Of course, this is all part of Mangrum’s maniacal plot to capture the imagination of his audience and make them a ‘vibrant catalyst in social interactions’.

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LEGO Banksy

Banksy is a pseudonymous U.K-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director and painter. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine social commentary with dark humor and can be seen on streets, walls and bridges throughout the world.

Paying tribute to Banksy’s creations, photographer Jeff Friesen has created a LEGO interpretation of Banksy’s series of works and named his collection Bricksy. As Friesen said, ‘There is something compelling about gritty street scenes rendered in clean, modernist LEO bricks’.

Inspired by Banksy’s various art pieces (seen in a small box within the different pieces featured here), Firesen not only infused his LEGO pieces with a humorous twist, but expands Banksy’s works in his own way. Along the way, they arouse the viewer into a ‘What if?’ or ‘If only’ contemplative state of mind.

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KitKat Bars As Train Tickets

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London has Oyster Card, New York has MetroCard, Melbourne has Myki, and the folks using the Sanriku Railway network have KitKat. That’s right, Starting from June this year train travellers in northern Japan can use KitKat as train tickets.

The idea behind this promotion is to revitalise tourism in a part of Japan devastated by the earthquake and tsunami three years ago. The brand has been supporting the region since 2011 when Nestle discovered that the reconstruction team working on the railway had received KitKat products as a form of encouragement.

KitKat then started working with the railway company, donating 20 yen per bar to the rebuilding project. KitKat also decorated two trains and two train stations with paintings of cherry blossoms. In Japanese culture this symbolises hope. KitKat train tickets will be available until May 2015.

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The Promise

The Promise (承诺) from Clayton Lai on Vimeo.

A short, moving film about a father-son relationship.

This is to all the fathers in the world who support their families in strong, silent, unwavering ways.

For everyone else, to remember to love and appreciate your parents before it is too late.

“The Promise” has been nominated for three categories in the 2014 World Film Awards: Golden Award nomination for Best International Film and Best Story, and an Award of Merit nomination for Best Director.