Syracuse University Professor Sam Van Aken is a contemporary artist who's medium of choice is fruit trees. Yes. Fruit trees. He literally creates living sculpture from grafting rare, unusual and heirloom stone fruit trees together. One of Van Aken's most notable works is called 'Tree of 40 Fruit' and it is more incredible in person than it is in pictures.
When it comes to the best colleges and universities in the country, the usual 5 top the list - Princeton, Stanford, Yale, Harvard, and MIT. But there are a number of schools in New York among the top 100. 11 to be exact.