Sure, it sounds like a joke—especially to a city plagued by roughly 250 murders this year. But Flower Shell creator Per Cromwell says his invention, which can result in a healthy cluster of daisies, sunflowers, poppies or meadow flowers following the initial fire, is completely serious. As per the IndieGogo page:
"My name is Per Cromwell. I'm working at a innovation studio called Studio Total as innovator/artist. From early on I liked gardens more than gardening. Hour and hours of weeding, seeding and cutting and all I could think of was, how could this be made more fun? One day when seeding some meadow flowers it struck me, this could be made much easier, faster, better using a shotgun. Said and done, soon I had emptied a shotgun shell of led and filled it with flower seeds.
Reduced the amount of gunpowder and when at it, designed a logo. People where laughing at my idea, the seeds will be crushed, they will go to deep, it will never work they said. Even my friends were skeptical, why would anyone want this they asked."
Now, why anyone would see wanting to shoot flower seeds at a high velocity out of the muzzle of a 12 gauge shotgun as a madman's errand is beyond me. But, still, Cromwell pressed on, eventually seeing his shotgun blasts crop up in beautiful displays of flora.
With that, Cromwell has created life from the barrel of a gun rather than destroying it—and, what's more, it'll only cost you $50 for four shells. How you'll get them into the ground without alerting the police, though, is up to you.