January 30, 2005


Arborsmithing is the the growing of modified and potentially functional plants. Near Near Future posted this this about Lois Walpole. She devolped a process to grow coat hangers and wine racks. After a little searching on google I was able to find this video of a man's "Arbo-constructed architecture" Reminds me of the famous process to grow a pear of apple inside of glass bottle, something I have always dreamt of doing...



At 5:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first response is wow, that's really cool (not the coat hanger as much as the furniture).

My second thought is: is that healthy for the tree? Xylems and Phloems are meant to work in only one direction, and I wonder if it harms the tree to have parts of the trunks growing in the wrong direction. It makes me think of the trees outside of Mass MoCA. As they've grown, they've twisted and bent, in order to grow the right way; a couple of them even have pretty sharp angles in their trunks. I really don't like seeing them that way, and this whole practice strikes me as being really similar, except that this stuff looks really neat, whereas MoCA's trees just look like they're being slowly tortured for information which they'll never be able to reveal (trees have no mouths!)

- Simon

At 9:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This reminds me of a story I read a while back: a man discovers insects and animals which disguise themselves as coat hangers, paper clips, old bicycles and assorted junk. (That's why you can't find paper clips and pencils when you seach for them -- they hide!)

The story ends with the revelation that some people have started *breeding* bicycles... and the protagonist who wanted to reveal this secret is found dead -- strangled by a coat hanger.


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