We normally don’t realize how wonderful the inner intricacies of a particular tool are until we see them. It is therefore an endeavor of many a soul to bring forth the hidden beauty of the mechanics involved in seemingly simple objects. And what greater way to illustrate my point than the “Sprout” pen concept. Russian designer Igor Lobanov has injected a green soul into a pen, and has thereby delivered novelty for an object that normally does not render itself to anything but homogeneity. The Sprout concept pen has a long, transparent cylinder that encases a shell fashioned after a plant stalk. This stalk when full of ink remains taut and green. But as the ink gets drawn out with writing this shell wilts away and even becomes yellow – much like a real sprout. Igor’s Sprout comes with a neat contraption that contains the ink for the dried up pen. Just put the Sprout into this container and watch the withered away stalk come to life. The Sprout enshrines the go green movement in its design and thought, and also appeals to a mind that’s interested in more than superficiality. Check out some detailed images after the jump.