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GMO Square Trees Are Ready to Become Lumber

Illustration for article titled GMO Square Trees Are Ready to Become Lumber

If we can make square tomatoes, why not square trees that are ready to chop into lumber? That's why the concept designers at Draw Me a Sheep have created this "square tree" sculpture - to suggest a way that lumber companies could, you know, stop wasting all those curvy parts they cut off trees.

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Illustration for article titled GMO Square Trees Are Ready to Become Lumber

Or maybe trees could be grown in chair shapes so they'd be the biological equivalent of "plug and play"? There's another good idea.

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Illustration for article titled GMO Square Trees Are Ready to Become Lumber

All of these tree sculptures are carefully covered in real bark, and are part of a series that Draw Me a Sheep is doing called "Nature V2.01." The best part about these sculptures is that you get the feeling the artists are only partly joking.

Square Trees [Draw Me a Sheep via TreeHugger]

Photography by A.Decremer and DrawMeaSheep.

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Corpore Metal

Well, yes, lumber harvesting has worked out many ways to use as much of the tree as possible so having square trees probably doesn't gain us much.

But on the other hand, what about vat grown wood?

I'm sure nearly everyone hear has heard about recent developments in growing cultured meat from stem cells in vats—beef without the cow, pork without the pig, salmon without the fish.

So why can't the same thing be done with wood?