Motherpatch! Spit your seeds!

MOTHERPATCH by Fallen Fruit:
with the Coleman Center for the Arts (CCA) and the people from YORK.
Saturday, August 22nd from 10 AM to 12 PM
The Harvest Celebration of Motherpatch, a new public art project by Fallen Fruit .

There was free watermelons for EVERYONE in York, a watermelon race, seed spitting contest. and we wrote down memories and advice we got from our MOTHERS. Everyone was encouraged to ‘Spit your seeds’ so that watermelons will continue to grow throughout York!

Motherpatch is the largest public watermelon patch in the world, containing over 30 global varieties of watermelons. The project is Fallen Fruit’s collaboration with the CCA and the people of Sumter County that began in 2012, and has unfolded through ongoing conversation, creation and collaboration.

This event was made possible by funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Visual Artists Network/National Performance Network, ArtPlace America, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Daniel Foundation of Alabama and the generous contributions of our individual sponsors.

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Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration originally conceived in 2004 by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young. Since 2013, David and Austin have continued the collaborative work.

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Fallen Fruit- a fruitful 2014

Here are some of our favorite projects from 2014:

SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER: Fallen Fruit of Love
curated by Lindsey Lehtinen
The residency project for the Skirball Cultural Center focused on Jewish Heritage and in the archives of the institution we discovered a 17th Century Katubah (marriage contract). This historic document was different in that it combined the doctrine of marriage with illustrations of biblical scenes, astrology and a pomegranate. Fallen Fruit created a custom designed Pomegranate wallpaper and invited the public to collaborate on a new commitment document and exhibition. Drawing on submissions of portraits of people with someone they love, Fallen Fruit of the Skirball assembled images that span a lifetime to examine the often complex expressions of love. This exhibition examines the symbolic and narrative moments in everyday life, from friendships to marriage, as well as to nuanced social messages. It includes a Skirball commissioned piece from Fallen Fruit called Love Score, as well as custom-designed Pomegranate wallpaper.

PHOTO ALBUM
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FALLEN FRUIT: Public Fruit Tree Adoptions

Fallen Fruit distributes free bare-root fruit trees in a variety of urban settings. This year the trees were donated by Skirball Cultural Center and One Colorado. We ask that the fruit trees are planted in public space or on the periphery of private property next to a sidewalk or a road, in order to create new kinds of communal life based on generosity and sharing. Each recipient signs an adoption form promising to care for the tree — initiating a relationship with it. Eventually the trees will become part of a network of Urban Fruit Trails on the Endless Orchard.
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PELICAN BOMB: The Fruit Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree
(commissioned artwork for Prospect 3+)
Part of the Foodways Exhibition curated by Pelican Bomb
The Fruit Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree. An installation of of Peach Wallpaper and installation comprised of public fruit portraits in found frames, historic photographs and selected paintings and sculptures from historic archives of Atlanta; including Hammond’s House, The Souls Grown Deep Foundation, The History Center, The Wren’s Nest and others. All of the works collectively explore the relationship of people and place through the cycles of modern life that span images and works of art from the past 4 generations of Atlantans. Originally created for Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and curated by Stuart Horodner.
Photos from the exhibition

FALLEN FRUIT: Urban Fruit Trails
A Public Art project with Heart Of Los Angeles (HOLA)
Through a grant supporting innovative community focused art projects awarded by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in collaboration with the Los Angeles State Historic Park and HOLA Youth, the Urban Fruit Trails is a ground-breaking public art project designed to provide several often overlooked urban communities with public walking trails connected by fruit trees that will be sustained, nurtured and harvested by the public. This is the pilot for our upcoming Creative Capital awarded Endless Orchard project.


FALLEN FRUIT: Public Fruit Jam

Park to Playa Trail with MRCA, The Coleman Center in Alabama and One Colorado in Old Pasedena.
Fallen Fruit invites the public to bring homegrown or street-picked fruit and collaborate with us in making a collective fruit jams. Working without recipes, we ask people to sit with others they do not already know and negotiate what kind of jam to make: if I have lemons and you have figs, we’d make lemon fig jam (with lavender). Each jam is a social experiment. This year we brought them to public spaces and in the past we have held them at galleries or museums, this event forefronts the social and public nature of Fallen Fruit’s work, and we consider it a collaboration with the public as well as each other.
Park to Playa at Kenneth Hahn Park
One Colorado in Old Pasedena
Coleman Center, York Alabama


FALLEN FRUIT: Lemonade Stand

(commissioned artwork for Food For Thought)
“Lemonade Stand” – Fallen Fruit , 2014, David Burns and Austin Young a group portrait of Greensboro as Lemons. part of the exhibition Food For Thought. In exchange for a cold glass of lemonade, participants are asked to create self-portraits using black ink markers on lemons and to share stories of sadness and disappointment, or happiness and positive self-reflection. With curator Xandra Eden for the show Food For Thought at the Wheatherspoon Art Museum, we installed the Lemon Selfie’s in vintage frames on top of our Lemon Wallpaper for the exhibition. Our favorite new project, we did 6 ‘Lemonade Stand’s’ this year!
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Park to Playa – Reuben Ingold Park
Food For thought
Riverside Art Museum
Park to Playa -Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
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METRO Art Tour – Union Station

THE HAMMER MUSEUM: Fruitique!
As part of the LA2050 project ArtsRestoreLA, Fallen Fruit created a pop-up retail store based upon Fallen Fruit commissioned projects. The project space called “Fruitique!” is a retail art installation where anyone can buy any thing in the installation. The curated space was themed around fruit as a subject and symbol and includes original works by 50 artists from Los Angeles and abroad. The Fruitque! was reviewed by The Los Angeles Times, The LA Weekly, Forbes, and more.
the Fruitique is online!

QUEENSLAND GALLERY OF MODERN ART: Pineapple Express
(commissioned artwork for Harvest Exhibition)
Curated by Ellie Buttrose as a commissioned work for the HARVEST exhibition Fallen Fruit created a body of new works that focused on the history of Brisbane, Australia. Pineapple became the theme of the projects, as we learned that pineapple plantations are what founded that region of Australia about 100 years ago and introduced canned fruit to the world.

photos from GOMA.

GULF COAST: Fruit Metaphors, Objects and Histories

Legier Biederman wrote a terrific text piece about recent Fallen Fruit projects. Focusing on The Hammer project called Fruitique! and also The Fruit Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree for Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and Pelican Bomb for Prospect 3+. The layout is stunning! The writing is on point! Like their local fruit cartographies, much of Fallen Fruit’s work examines issues of urban space and community and incites public participation, as in their public fruit jams or lemonade stand at the 2013 Athens Biennale. They are also known for their photographic portraits, experimental documentary videos, and curatorial work. In these diverse projects, fruit serves as a filter to examine distinct places, official and unofficial collections, archives and histories, as well as issues of representation and ownership.
view the magazine here.

Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration originally conceived in 2004 by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young. Since 2013, David and Austin have continued the collaborative work. By re-imagining public space, we aim to make fresh fruit available to everyone, everywhere.

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Urban Fruit Trails Celebration at MacArthur Park

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We are making our first URBAN FRUIT TRAIL in collaboration with Heart of Los Angeles.

Join Fallen Fruit ( David Burnsand Austin Young) and Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) at Levitt Pavilion, from 4:00-6:30pm.

We will make fruit inspired art with Fallen Fruit and celebrate the Urban Fruit Trails’ newly planted fruit trees in MacArthur Park!

Guest Artists:
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The Killsisters
Fancy Boyz
HOLA Musicians
Chef Marco Zapien

Bring a picnic blanket and stay for the Levitt Youth Talent night starting at 6:30pm.

This event is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, Council Member Gil Cedillo, Lakers Youth Foundation, Active Alliance and Melissa’s.

Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration originally conceived in 2004 by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young. Since 2013, David and Austin have continued the collaborative work.

read about our residency on the HOLA blog HERE

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Help us plant the Urban Fruit Trail

We really need your help! Fallen Fruit has been collaborating with Hearts of Los Angeles (HOLA) in planting 150 trees along an ‘Urban Fruit Trail’ that goes from Lafayette Park to MacArthur Park. We already planted 18 trees in Lafayette Park and We were granted approval by the City of Los Angeles to plant 12 mature citrus trees in McArthur Park in Westlake near Downtown Los Angeles!

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We had a setback on monday and all 30 trees we planted so far along Wilshire Blvd and Lafayette park were vandalized. We replanted them (see the ABC7 story here) but we need your help more than ever.

Fallen Fruit would like to name a tree after you (or someone you love).”Sponsor” one or more of 12 citrus trees for MacArthur Park. A beautifully mature citrus (grapefruit, orange, lemon, etc) runs $600 and $800 to purchase and plant. It’s a tax deductible donation through our fiscal sponsor. The name for the fruit tree will exist on the Urban Fruit Trail map and online map.

Use a credit card to make a tax free donation here.)

and Join us for the a celebration in MacArthur Park on Sunday July 20th from 4pm to 6pm!

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warmly,

David Burns and Austin Young

LA Times story here

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ABOUT URBAN FRUIT TRAILS
Imagine the City of Los Angeles as a bountiful landscape with streets lined with public fruit trees. The artists of Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young) are working with Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) and local communities in the Westlake neighborhood to create the City’s first “Urban Fruit Trail” – over 150-fruit trees along a walking trail, will be planted, nurtured, and harvested by the public – in the MacArthur Park neighborhood.

Last month, the Urban Fruit Trails launched when 12 fruit trees were planted in LaFayette Park. This coming week, 12 citrus trees are being planted in MacArthur Park – with thanks to the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. This is truly groundbreaking and exciting for Los Angeles – we are re-imaging our green space.

We are planting the perimeter of LAUSD’s high school campus at YOKA in Koreatown near the Wilshire/Vermont METRO station with a public orchard that will be cared for by the students as part of the Urban Fruit Trail and we will plant fruit trees that connect these public trees in a network of trails along parkways ( the strip of growing space between the sidewalk and street in front of a building or private home) and next to sidewalks . We’d love to have you join our project that will transform the neighborhood into an “community garden.” In addition to creating a fun, beautiful – and drought tolerant – walking trail with delicious free and healthy fruit for the community; planting 150-fruit trees will help reduce air, water, soil, noise pollution and crime statistics in the area.

There are several ways to get involved and we would love to share them with you. Just reply by email and let us know how to contact you.

Thank you for your time and support!

Vivas las frutas!

David Burns and Austin Young

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ABOUT THE COLLABORATION

The Urban Fruit Trail is the pilot project for Endless Orchard, Fallen Fruit’s groundbreaking global-scale public art project, which will transform often-underserved areas with a network of public walking trails lined by fruit trees. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA9t95cpVZs

Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration originally conceived in 2004 by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young. Since 2013, David and Austin have continued the collaborative work. find more info here. Fallen Fruit began in Los Angeles by creating maps of public fruit: the fruit trees growing on or over public property. Fallen Fruit uses fruit as a common denominator to change the way you see the world.

Heart Of Los Angeles provides underserved youth with exceptional programs in academics, arts and athletics within a nurturing environment, empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education, and strengthen their communities: http://heartofla.org

In neighborhoods often overrun by poverty, crime and a feeling of hopelessness, Heart of Los Angeles invests in youth to build stronger communities. Heart of Los Angeles gives some of the city’s most vulnerable youth a chance to succeed in life. HOLA provides underserved youth with exceptional programs in academics, arts and athletics within a nurturing environment, empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education and strengthen their communities. From what started with just a handful of kids in a dilapidated gym, Heart of Los Angeles now serves over 2,400 youth ages 6-24, in a safe and supportive environment. As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, Heart of Los Angeles is stronger than ever, and this is just the beginning of exciting things to come.

additional sites:
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FALLEN FRUIT and HOLA grow LA’s first URBAN FRUIT TRAIL

When people think of Los Angeles, it isn’t usually a bountiful landscape teeming with public fruit trees that comes to mind.  But the artists of Fallen Fruit – Austin Young and David Burns – are working with local communities to transform the neighborhoods surrounding Downtown Los Angeles into a walk-able network of Urban Fruit Trails. Starting this month Heart of LA (HOLA) will collaborate with Fallen Fruit to create the City’s very first Urban Fruit Trail: over 150-fruit trees planted in the MacArthur Park neighborhood.
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HOLA students will research where the trees can be planted, plant them, and then map their location. During weekly workshops with Fallen Fruit, HOLA’s young artists will create site-specific artworks based on the places, people, cultures, and trees they discover along the Trail; and their actions and artworks will be documented and geo-tagged in a free downloadable app.

The MacArthur Park Urban Fruit Trail is the pilot for Endless Orchard, Fallen Fruit’s groundbreaking global-scale public art project, which will provide often-overlooked urban communities with public walking trails lined by fruit trees. The trees will be planted, sustained, nurtured and harvested by the public.   “We’re thrilled that our students are creating the roots for such a significant project,” said HOLA Visual Arts Director Nara Hernandez. “Fruit trails can create an abundant neighborhood and celebrate a community of sharing,” explained Austin Young. “It’s about transforming our relationship to the city and each other,” added David Burns.

Urban Fruit Trails invite the people of Los Angeles to experience the City as a fruitful place, to collectively re-imagine the function of public participation and urban space, and to explore the meaning of community through creating and sharing new and abundant resources.   The fruit trees planted along the Urban Fruit Trail will reflect the natural ripening of fruit during a season: plums and peaches in the summer, pomegranate and persimmon in the fall, and citrus – lime, lemon, orange, and kumquat – over the winter and spring. At the heart of LA’s Urban Fruit Trails a “Monument to Sharing” will be installed at the Los Angeles State Historic Park alongside an orchard of citrus trees.  

Endless Orchard is a Creative Capital awarded project. This pilot project, Urban Fruit Trails, is supported by a grant awarded to HOLA by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Program, which supports fearless and innovative collaborations in the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg: www.rauschenbergfoundation.org.  

 

Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration originally conceived in 2004 by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young. Since 2013, David and Austin have continued the collaborative work: http://fallenfruit.org/about/

Heart of Los Angeles provides underserved youth with exceptional programs in academics, arts and athletics within a nurturing environment, empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education, and strengthen their communities: http://heartofla.org   Fruit as public resource: http://www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/los-angeles/del-aire-fruit-park.html

Press Contact: Lee Schube              (213) 389-1148 :: lschube@heartofla.org

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