12. David Crust

Brainerd, Minnesota


This tree, kindly called “President Hoover,” was conceived by accident and adventure. While Nick Lenz and I were poking around in a field-side dump, we found the old vacuum cleaner. Back at my garden, we carefully planted an old, skinny larch in its bowels. Years passed, deadwood was embedded and angles were tweaked. The tall tree’s thin trunk iterates the Hoover’s handle. Its decrepity, pairing with that of the device, foreshadows our future doom under the weight of technology.


Larch / Larix

Estimated Age: 25-50 years old
Time in Training: 14 years
Origin: Minnesota
Container: Hoover Vacuum (USA)
Stand: Raised Cedar slab