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The Lorax
Written and Illustrated by Dr. Seuss

Number of Cans: 2,800

  • Katherine Cramer
  • Whitney Loke, AIA
  • Jim Camlek 
  • Hunter Macdonald
  • Cara Rangaswamy, Assoc. AIA

Special Thanks:
HYL Architecture
Davis Construction

You CAN reap what you sow! Let it grow! Let it grow!

Lorax the Mighty! Lorax the Wise!
Standing atop the fallen cans, He pouts, he moans, he cries!
Trees of tomatoes, trees of beans, Taco seasoning found between,
All lay upon the forest floor, Hear his sobbing, hear his roar!

Don’t be mistaken by the tumbled ingredients of this wonderfully-bizarre (and bizarrely- wonderful!) autumnal taco salad. The forest has been defaced, my friend! The (canned) Truffula trees have fallen! Seen here in his formerly happy habitat, the Lorax pays final tribute to two thousand eight hundred cans plus one of demolished timber. Of shattered hopes! Of splintered dreams! Make no mistake, chum, for he is damaged, dented and mentally unlabeled. It’s time to rebuild, repair, rewind and be kind. In the immortal words of Dr. Seuss, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Hunt’s, Whole Tomatoes, 14.5 oz, 164 cans
Old El Paso, Traditional Refried Beans, 16 oz, 104 cans
Old El Paso, Original Taco Seasoning Mix, 1 oz, 36 packets
Bush’s, Black Beans, 15 oz, 528 cans
Del Monte, French Style Green Beans, 14.5 oz, 600 cans
Libby’s, Pumpkin, 15 oz, 840 cans
Giant, Sliced White Potatoes, 15 oz, 528 cans

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