Eat the Fruit, Leave the Garden
When trees are walled inside courtyard gardens, architects intend to evoke a feeling of security in passers-by; the chaos of nature bridled by human ingenuity. The stately mulberry that gave an off-shooting trunk for this instrument overwhelms all architectural attempts to rein in nature’s force: roots grow under the cement and stucco walls causing visible cracks, white blossoms draw swarms of droning bees, and the tree’s fruits fall onto the courtyard floor, staining the monotonous concrete with a defiant bleed. Plucked from a church courtyard in West Texas, listen to what this powerful, mulberry didgeridoo tells you. Eat the Fruit, Leave the Garden.