Fallen Fruit on the cover of ART NEWS

Fallen Fruit artwork on the cover of the new ARTnews Magazine! https://www.artnews.com/toc/los-angeles-now-winter-2019/

COVER Performance view of Fallen Fruit’s ‘Fruit Cocktail,’ 2017, with Rianna Petrone in front of the duo’s art (Austin Young and David Allen Burns)  art installation, ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties,’ at The Bunker, curated by Laura Dvorkin Maynard Monrow and Phillip Estlund West Palm Beach, Florida. commissioned by Beth Rudin DeWoody photo courtesy of Fallen Fruit.

Thank you Art News, The Bunker, and thank you to everyone who participated in the performance of “Fruit Cocktail” Kataleya Davenport Dupree Ariel Rimm-Chanel and Rianna Petrone Our art installation ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’ is on view at The Bunker. And Rianna’s genius strawberry Gibson hairdo!


HOME – EX Convento Del Carmen Museum

We am very excited to announce the OPC organized exhibition “PANORÁMICA: Paisaje artístico de Puerto Vallarta,” opening at the Ex Convento del Carmen museum in Guadalajara on Friday, November 30th. Please join us.


Participating artists: Raymundo Andrade, Álvaro Arguelles, Rodrigo Ballester, Alfonso Bañoso, Marcela Bernal, Davis Birks, Evelyn Borren, Brewster Brockmann, Pipo Brockmann Daniel Calvillo, Colectivo Por Un Mejor Vallarta, Ada Colorina, Tony Cortes, Arturo Dávila, Carmina Diaz, Rogelio Diaz, Luis Espiridion, Fallen Fruit (Austin Young and David Allen Burns), Yesika Félix, Luis Galeano, Alejandra Ferrise Grant, César Girón, Raúl Henderson, Cecilia Hurtado, Josef Kandoll Wepplo, Daniel Lechón, Manuel Lepe, Yair López, Gerardo Moran Guillén, Oscar Moran Guillen, Kaz Kipp, Tania Mancha, Arturo Montero, Jorge Morales, Javiera Pintocanales, Jorge Ramírez R., Mauricio Rocha y Gabriela Carrillo, Javier Rodríguez, Eduardo Solórzano, Ed Starr, Ireri Topete
Event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/925316614323827/



Join us! December 8 at Newcomb Art Museum!


EMPIRE critically examines the principles of archives and anthropology to interrogate the ways histories are told, remembered, and revised. The immersive artwork considers the historical and contemporary effects that colonialism, slavery, trade, and tourism have had on the movement of culture across and beyond borders to better understand the geographic and cultural position of New Orleans in relationship to Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. EMPIRE invites viewers to creatively interpret the displayed objects, their connections, and their juxtapositions to generate new meanings.

EMPIRE at Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University is part of “Fallen Fruit of New Orleans” a suite of site-specific projects taking place throughout New Orleans from June 2017 through June 2018, commissioned and presented by Newcomb Art Museum, A Studio in the Woods, and Pelican Bomb. “Fallen Fruit of New Orleans” was initiated by Pelican Bomb in 2015.



Stoneview receives Public Art Network Award!

Stoneview Nature Center: Civic Art Project Recognized at American for the Arts one of the 49 outstanding public art projects 2017!  -Civic Art by Fallen Fruit, David Burns and Austin Young.


On Friday, June 15, Americans for the Arts honored 49 outstanding public arts projects created in 2017, including the civic artwork at the Stoneview Nature Center. The projects were chosen through the Public Art Network Year in Review program, the only national program that specifically recognizes the most compelling public art. Selected by public art experts, the roster of projects was unveiled at Americans for the Arts’ (AFTA) Annual Convention in Denver.

Information can be found HERE at Los Angele County Arts Commision.

Details can be found HERE at Americans For The Arts.

Initiated as a Design-Build competition by the County of LA, the Stoneview Nature Center project invited pre-qualified teams to transform a five-acre brownfield site into a highly sustainable nature center in the Blair Hills neighborhood of Culver City, CA. As an important node along the five mile “Park to Playa Trail”, the 4,000 square foot facility and surrounding gardens were envisioned as a place for community to come together and engage both socially and architecturally.

Congratulations to the entire team!
Architects Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects
and Design-Build partner Ledcor
Landscape architect AHBE
Civic artists Fallen Fruit
Graphics by Omnivore

“The 5-acre Stoneview Nature Center two miles west of Stocker — and itself a stop on the Park-To-Playa Trail — sees Fallen Fruit’s integral design elements in a more conceptual but still absolutely edible landscape integrated into the new construction’s progressive municipal design/build award. Co-proposed with Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects, AHBE Landscape Design, and graphics by Omnivore, the site is a sustainable, multi-use vision for a community center featuring outdoor kitchen and gathering areas, art installations based on the neighborhood’s history, and at its heart, Fallen Fruit’s organic rainbow of living colors, rich symbolism, and narrative in the form of free harvests of pomegranates, lemons, oranges, avocados, grapes, berries and figs. “ – Shana Nys Dambrot, Huffington Post.






Lower 9 Fruit Park Opening Celebration

Come celebrate our LOWER 9 FRUIT PARK in New Orleans
June 30, 9–11!  
As part of “Fallen Fruit of New Orleans,” we facilitated the planting of 300 fruit trees across New Orleans, including fruit tree parks in the Lower 9th Ward and Gentilly. On June 30, 9–11 am, we welcome you to celebrate the project with the artists, David Burns and Austin Young. Reverend Charles Duplessis of Mount Nebo Bible Baptist Church gives a blessing, and following the ceremony, guests can tie-dye and take home bandanas featuring maps of New Orleans’ new public fruit trees.
Meet us at Fallen Fruit’s fruit tree park in the Lower 9th Ward near the intersection of Florida and Caffin Avenues in New Orleans.
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP and share with your friends on Facebook.

Fallen Fruit Public Projects- Manifesta 12

Join us! FALLEN FRUIT PUBLIC PROJECTS At Manifesta 12 in Palermo Sicily!

D­avid Allen Burns and Austin Young with Manifesta 12,  Orto Botanico and VKUSNAYA



In exchange for drawing a self-portrait on a citrus fruit, get a glass of juice made from selected oranges, lemons, and mandarins from Palermo at Education Hub.

>SATURDAY 16th, 11.00-13.00 Piazza Magione at the Education Hub.

>SUNDAY 16th, 11.00-13.00 -Piazza Magione at the Education Hub.


Join us!  Try a Fruit Infused vodka with David and Young – sample a glass of artist made vodka infused with Prickly Pear or Hybrid Citrus. What does your city taste like? The selected fruit is a collaboration with ORTO BOTANICO and the vodka is provided by VKUSNAYA.

>FRIDAY 15th, 17.00-18.00 at Palazzo Butera

>SATURDAY 16th, 17.00-18.00 at Palazzo Butera

>SUNDAY 16th, 17.00-18.00 at Palazzo Butera



D­avid Allen Burns and Austin Young



In cambio del disegno di un autoritratto su un agrume, prendi un bicchiere di succo di arance selezionate, limoni e mandarini da Palermo a Education Hub.


>SATURDAY 16th, 11.00-13.00 Piazza Magione

>SUNDAY 16th, 11.00-13.00 -Piazza Magione


Prova una vodka alla frutta infusa con David e Young – assaggia un bicchiere di vodka fatta a mano con infuso di fico d’india o ibrido. Che sapore ha la tua città? Il frutto selezionato è una collaborazione con ORTO BOTANICO e la vodka è fornita da VKUSNAYA.

>FRIDAY 15th, 17.00-18.00 at Palazzo Butera

>SATURDAY 16th, 17.00-18.00 at Palazzo Butera

>SUNDAY 16th, 17.00-18.00 at Palazzo Butera






Fallen Fruit is part of Manifesta 12, the twelfth edition of the European nomadic biennial, taking place in Palermo from 16 June until 4 November.  The Fallen Fruit art installation will be at the magnificent Palazzo Butera of Palermo, located in the historical Kalsa district.

The Planetary Garden. Cultivating Coexistence is curated by By Manifesta 12 Creative Mediators: Bregtje van der Haak, Andrés Jaque, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Mirjam Varadinis. 

We mapped the fruit available for everyone to share in Palermo and maps are available at Butera or online at the Endlessorchard.com/palermo

Teatro del Sole- by Fallen Fruit, David Allen Burns and Austin Young, 2018 installation

Manifesta 12 Palermo consists of more than 40 newly commissioned projects, public interventions, and performances held in various venues spread around Palermo’s neighbourhoods. Manifesta 12 Tickets allow visitors to discover ground-breaking projects inspired by the Manifesta 12 Palermo curatorial concept The Planetary Garden.Cultivating Co-existence, many of which are visible in public spaces and no ticket is needed.





Fallen Fruit San Bernardino!

Coming up May 12th and 19th!

Fallen Fruit San Bernardino!
Public art project, “Fallen Fruit San Bernardino!”

The Endless Orchard builds community through expanding public access to fresh fruit.

Join us!
May 12th at the Feldheym Library from 1-3pm
Fallen Fruit zine workshop with Uncle Bacon AND The Endless Orchard, Fruit Tree Adoption
555 W 6th St., San Bernardino, CA 92410

May 19th at The Garcia Center for the Arts from 12-3pm
Fallen Fruit zine workshop with Nikia Chaney
The Endless Orchard– plant the perimeter!
536 W 11th St., San Bernardino, CA 92410

The zine workshops will result in the creation of a Fallen Fruit San Bernardino Magazine, celebrating our countywide community! Printmaker Uncle Bacon (a.k.a. Bob Hurton) and Inlandia Poet Laureate, Nikia Chaney will help guide participants as they create work through collage, illustrations and short written text. The final document becomes an electronic PDF available free for download.

DOWNLOAD Fallen Fruit Magazine, San Bernardino Edition, HERE

The Endless Orchard events will include a public fruit tree adoption at the Feldheym Library, and a “plant the perimeter” event at the Garcia Center for the Arts. What if instead of going to the grocery store for an apple, you just walked outside your door? Fallen Fruit helps the community to create a real living fruit orchard planted by the public, for the public – a movement of citizens transforming their own neighborhoods. Neighbors adopt fruit trees and plant them next to the sidewalk to share with the community.  Participants sign an adoption form, agreeing to care for and share the fruit tree. Trees are mapped on the San Bernardino Endless Orchard Map- where anyone can map, plant and share fruit. The anchor of this map will be 12 trees planted on the grounds of the Garcia Center for the Arts.

The first “Fallen Fruit San Bernardino!” events took place in partnership with the San Bernardino County Museum. The museum hosted an art exhibition “Life in the Cracks,” a zine workshop and “Orange You Glad I didn’t Say Banana?” in which participants drew their self-portrait on an orange in exchange for a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice. Future “Fallen Fruit San Bernardino!” events are being planned in Victorville and Crestline. Details will be announced as dates and times are confirmed.  For more information please visit http://www.artsconnectionnetwork.org

 Arts Connection, The Arts Council of San Bernardino County, was awarded a California Arts Council Artists Activating Communities grant to bring a project from artist collective, Fallen Fruit to life in San Bernardino. Additional funds for programming were awarded by the San Bernardino Fine Arts Commission and Southern California Gas Company.


Fallen Fruit of New Orleans- Endless Orchard!

The artists of Fallen Fruit share a citywide project presented by Pelican Bomb, A Studio in the Woods, and Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University and in partnership with the City of New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways, the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development, and the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South. Together with local residents, we planted 300 publicly accessible, fruit-bearing trees for everyone to share. Learn your fruits! 

***go see “EMPIRE” by Fallen Fruit at Newcomb Art Museum through December 2018


Fallen Fruit of San Bernardino!

Made possible through grant funding from the California Arts Council, The City of San Bernardino Fine Arts Commission, and SoCalGas.

“Fallen Fruit San Bernardino!” will include a series of events in different regions of the county. Our first public participatory event will be at the San Bernardino County Museum on March 10th. Celebrate the “Festival of Life in the Cracks” day by adopting a fruit tree, drawing a self portrait on an orange, or taking part in our collective zine project!

The Endless Orchard is coming to San Bernardino!
Collaborate with us by adopting a fruit tree to share with neighbors!

You can apply to adopt a tree if:
• You have a home, business, or community center in San Bernardino. Preference will be given to our neighbors in the Inland Empire basin.
• The tree will be accessible to neighbors and passersby – placed in the front of your yard right next to the sidewalk.
• You agree to water and care for the tree for the first three years.
• You’re willing to share the bounty! Your tree will be part of the Endless Orchard map, which shares the locations of public fruit trees throughout the city.

Contact David and Austin at info @ fallenfruit.org with any questions or to learn more.

Shown above is Fallen Fruit’s “Lemonade Stand.”  Fallen Fruit San Bernardino, will feature a new iteration, “Orange You Glad You Didn’t Say Banana?”  

In exchange for drawing a self-portrait onto a hand-picked orange from the orchard on the property, each participant receives a glass of organic orange juice (also picked from the historic orchards). Collectively the orange self- portraits create a group portrait of everyone who joins us! Hand-drawn expressions illustrate joy and innocence as well as wisdom and age. During the project we will take portraits of participants along with their self-portraits and record stories about neighborhood and families of San Bernardino on the theme of … “Orange you glad…”

Fallen Fruit was originally conceived by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young. Since 2013, David and Austin have continued the collaborative work.





Fallen Fruit of New Orleans- Community Fruit Tree Plantings!

Pelican Bomb, A Studio in the Woods, and Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University present “Fallen Fruit of New Orleans,” a citywide suite of public projects with internationally acclaimed artists Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young). This multi-site presentation continues Fallen Fruit’s exploration of the ways people experience public space. As one component, Fallen Fruit will plant 300 fruit trees throughout New Orleans in 2018—in honor of the city’s tricentennial. Individuals and community groups are able to adopt fruit trees, free of charge. In the spirit of sharing resources, trees must be planted to overhang a public sidewalk or street so that the fruit is accessible to passersby to pick.

On January 13, the planting initiative kicks off with a community day in the Lower 9th Ward. Together with neighborhood residents and volunteers from throughout the city, Fallen Fruit are planting 30 trees along the Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle, inaugurating our first public fruit park in New Orleans. Through a partnership with the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (L9CSED), the park will be maintained and available for residents year round.

With community outreach support from L9CSED and Movin’ for Life, over 40 residents and community groups have pre-reserved trees and these can be picked up 10 am–12 pm. Any remaining trees will be available on a first come, first served basis to residents of the Lower 9th Ward and may be adopted 12–2 pm at L9CSED’s Environmental Learning and Research Center on the corner of Florida and Caffin Avenues. Volunteers from the citywide New Orleans Martin Luther King Holiday Planning Commission will be on hand to assist with the transport and planting of fruit trees.

On January 20, we’re launching  our second public fruit park, in Pontchartrain Park, featuring 50 fruit trees, planted and maintained in partnership with the City of New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways. Gentilly residents and community groups are also able to adopt individual fruit trees: 10 am to 12 pm for those who have already reserved a tree and 12–2 pm for those who have not reserved a tree in advance, subject to availability. The adoptions will take place at the Joseph Bartholomew Clubhouse in Pontchartrain Park. Student volunteers from Tulane University and Loyola University, as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, will be available to assist with the transport and planting of fruit trees.

And on January 23, 4–6 pm, all interested New Orleans residents citywide can adopt a tree at Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University. Trees will be adopted on a first come, first served basis, and we cannot guarantee availability. Priority will be given to those who have pre-registered.  This event also introduces Fallen Fruit’s upcoming exhibition “EMPIRE,” which opens April 12 at Newcomb Art Museum.

If you’re interested in volunteering or if you’re a community member interested in “Fallen Fruit of New Orleans,” contact katrina@pelicanbomb.com.

About Fallen Fruit’s Endless Orchard

Fallen Fruit started in 2004 in Los Angeles with the creative mapping of locations of fruit growing on or over public property, and since then the artists have worked in over 30 cities around the world. The planted fruit trees in New Orleans will join Fallen Fruit’s Endless Orchard, a massive, living public art and digital mapping project.


Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration originally conceived by David Burns, Matias Viegener, and Austin Young. Since 2013, Burns and Young have continued the collaborative work. “Fallen Fruit of New Orleans” was initiated by Pelican Bomb in 2015.

Contact Charlie Tatum at charlie@pelicanbomb.com with all press inquiries.


Bananas in 3 Colors – print for sale!

Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young)
Bananas in 3 Colors
Letterpress on Crane’s Ecru 134#

Edition of 30, 6 APs, 2 PPs
19.625 x 15.625″

$900 (price increases in three tiers of 10 as prints are sold)

Free Worldwide Shipping

*All proceeds from the print will benefit Fallen Fruit, the Endless Orchard, and planting fruit trees in public space for everyone to share.

Purchase on our store here: FALLEN FRUIT STORE
or Email Fallen Fruit if you’d like to purchase the print with a tax deductible donation.

Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young) has created a unique print in collaboration with Bert Green Fine Art in Chicago, and Aardvark Letterpress in Los Angeles. Fallen Fruit work with fruit as a medium to involve the public, create communities and initiate narrative by engaging through workshops and individual works of art. This print is made using fluorescent ink, and changes radically when viewed under a black light.


Fallen Fruit Magazine – Charlotte

In addition to providing the materials for their public participatory project, Fallen Fruit Magazine, which included cutouts of various fruit and fashion magazines, the artists asked participants while they worked to think about the theme of “Utopia” and current events, such as the Women’s March on the day after the 2017 presidential inauguration.

Download Magazine here: FALLEN FRUIT MAGAZINE

“We are inspired by images about protest,” Young and Burns note. “Perhaps the Women’s March that had just happened galvanized everyone. People are really thinking about what could make the world a better place, and feeling empowered.”

Read the whole interview HERE.

Download Magazine here: FALLEN FRUIT MAGAZINE


Food by Design at The Museum of Design in Atlanta

Food by Design

The Museum of Design in Atlanta, Georgia is currently showing our work. The exhibition Food by Design: Sustaining the Future includes designers of living architecture, (Mitchell Joachim, David Benjamin) revolutionary food concepts (Ugly Food, Fallen Fruit, Victory Gardens of Tomorrow, Concrete Jungle) future foods (3D Printed foods, Cricket Bitters, Soylent, Memphis Meats), and food waste systems (Compost Wheels, Bionicraft Biovessel, and me).

Exhibition runs January 25 – May 21, 2017.






April 22nd 2017/Los Angeles State Historic Park

(Los Angeles) On Earth Day (April 22, 2015) art collective FALLEN FRUIT (David Burns & Austin Young) launch the largest public artwork in the world, “Endless Orchard.”

The ENDLESS ORCHARD is a sustainable, edible, living artwork, fruit trees planted, cared for, and mapped by the public for everyone to share. Members of the public are invited to co-create ENDLESS ORCHARD by mapping existing public fruit trees or planting new ones in front of homes, schools, churches, or businesses. These fruit trees are planted along sidewalks and interstitial urban spaces, allowing us to explore and enjoy our cities in a new way. “The project is co-created by everyone who participates,” Together, we will make the largest and most generous collaborative public artwork in the world. Endless Orchard is an invitation to share and create more goodwill in our neighborhoods, cities, and planet.

ENDLESS ORCHARD is a social mapping platform that exists simultaneously in the digital and real world.  Code Rodeo has partnered with Fallen Fruit to design and develop the Endless Orchard website (endlessorchard.com) and mobile app which will be free to use and download. Anyone anywhere with access to a computer or smartphone can plant a fruit tree in front along the margins of public space of their property and map it on the  Endless Orchard . With everyone who participates, the orchard grows larger and is shared with more people.  Participants can share their backyard fruit and map trees that exist in public space in their neighborhoods.  Fruit trees can be planted in collaboration with cities in public spaces and parks. Street side plantings delineate trails that connect neighborhoods- including urban food deserts to create  access to fresh healthy fruit.

Fruit is a resource that could be commonly shared.    “Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could just walk outside your door and grab an apple instead of going to the grocery store,” said Burns.  “Over time the trees will become well-picked and openly used by residents and passersby – a living symbol of sharing, and a communal public resource.” We can make our cities like community gardens.” says Young.

“In a real sense, it is the app itself which constitutes the claim of being the world’s largest public artwork. It incorporates Google Maps, user profiles, connections to kindred local groups, and media sharing, but pointedly also includes free flexible templates and suggested language for the use of any individual or group looking into replicating the action in their own community, including how to pursue permits for use of their own public spaces.” – says art critic, Shana Nys Drambot

Operating at the margins of public and private space, and the boundaries of social media and public participation,  Fallen Fruit has planted fruit trees with local community groups, schools and the general public in Riverside, Portland, Philadelphia, Buffalo, NYC, Omaha, Madrid, Puerto Vallarta, Columbus, , and along streets and parks in Los Angeles. ENDLESS ORCHARD will be anchored by  Fallen Fruit’s artwork, the “MONUMENT TO SHARING.”  The monument will be unveiled (April 22nd 2017) at the opening of the Los Angeles State Historic Park. Operated by California State Parks in Downtown LA, the area was once at the epicenter of California fruit growing.

Endless Orchard GOALS:

  • To allow for a simple action to make a difference in the world, like planting or mapping just one fruit tree.
  • To use the margins of public and private space to create a public resource of fresh fruit for everyone to share or a treasure map to explore.
  • To make neighborhoods more beautiful and friendlier and to make parks more inviting and responsive to public needs.
  • To foster collaboration among community members and organizations and the world.
  • To inspire dialogue by designing creative and unique fruit inspired installations.
  • To encourage everyone to give back to their city and community.

“Join us!  Fruit trees live longer than most people, and by expanding the Endless Orchard into your community you are sending a message to your kids – maybe even your kids’ kids’ kids! – not to mention supporting a positive collective attitude about sharing, community goodwill and commitment to sustainable lifestyles.”– Fallen Fruit, David Burns and Austin Young


Endless Orchard is a Creative Capital awarded project and funded by Creative Capital, The Muriel Pollia Foundation, The Good Works Foundation, The Awesome Foundation, and Endless Orchard Kickstarter campaign. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fallenfruit/the-endless-orchard-phase-1

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. Fallen Fruit began by mapping fruit trees growing on or over public property in Los Angeles.http://fallenfruit.org/about/

Code Rodeo is a web and app development, social media, and digital marketing agency based in Boyle Heights. Female owned and operated and with an ethnically diverse team, Code Rodeo works with partners across non-profit and the creative industries to bring to life projects that are socially aware and experientially delightful.


http://endlessorchard.com/  (coming soon)



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Fallen Fruit Factory – Community Collage Making!

Share your fruit! Freedom of speech!  Free enterprise! Power to the people!
Join US!   on Saturday, February 11,  from 12-4pm for our community collage making project! at McColl Center for Arts and Innovation.

http://mccollcenter.org/events/open-studio-saturday/176 …

721 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, North Carolina




















Join us!  Fallen Fruit Magazine brings together public participation, local histories and story-telling.  Using strategies of collage this temporary team of culture advocates use fruit as a symbol, object and/or subject to create original editorial content to produce in one-day a site-specific limited edition contemporary culture magazine.  Each edition is unique and is editorially focused to topics and subject matter that is historically meaningful to the neighborhood and/or region.
We’ll create cut-out collage, hand-made graphics, illustrations for short written text, original artwork, current event commentary  all through a lens of local fruit and the agency of public space.  The final document becomes an electronic PDF available for download.
(The artworks created during this workshop will be retained by the artists for future exhibitions, and fundraising for The Endless Orchard, the artists’ public tree planting project happening in cities around the world.)




McColl Center is located in a historic neo-Gothic church in Uptown Charlotte, McColl Center for Art + Innovation offers more than 5,000 square feet of Gallery space. We welcome the public to explore our exhibitions and attend our various events, including open studios, community engagement initiatives, workshops and more.


Our new Online Store!

img_5057-fallen-fruit-stamp-500pxTake a look at our new STORE! Double win –  you get something beautiful and the knowledge that you are giving back.  All proceeds from our wrap scarves go to The Endless Orchard. Celebrate with us! Get 20% off your first order through December 1st. Use the code ‘FRUITCAKE’ when you checkout.  www.fallenfruit.org/shop

You can also find our wrap scarves at 21c in Louisville and the Cooper Huitt Museum Store in NYC.

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Propagation Workshop

Join us! for a Propagation Workshop:  DIRTY TALK Propagation Workshop with Fallen Fruit Let’s propagate figs and dragon fruit to share on the Endless Orchard!   at USC Roski School of Art and Design



Fallen Fruit’s Propagation Stations are public, participatory projects that anyone can perform by propagating a drought tolerant fruit bearing plant that can then be added to Fallen Fruit’s The Endless Orchard. Interested participants should bring a fruit tree clipping of their choice to the workshop (dragonfruit, prickly pear, and fig preferred), we will help facilitate propagation.

Propagation supplies and a limited number of fruit tree clippings will be provided; refreshments will be served!







Sites Unseen – Lemonade Stand in San Francisco!

postcard-4inx6in-h-frontSites Unseen will present its first large scale public art installation Sunday, October 9, 2016 from 3PM–6PM at a free all-ages event adjacent to the Moscone Center Garage at 255 Third Street in downtown San Francisco’s Yerba Buena neighborhood. At 3:30PM, project and community leaders will gather at the northwest corner of the garage to present opening remarks.

The event, open to all, will celebrate the installation of “Moscone Contemporary Art Centre & Garage,” artist Barry McGee’s multi-colored painted artwork installed in several locations on the exterior of the Moscone Center Garage. The event will also feature temporary, participatory programming by local artists Ramekon O’Arwisters and Leah Rosenberg, and by Los Angeles-based artist collective Fallen Fruit.


Practices of Everyday Life

Fallen Fruit’s new  Site-specific installation for 21c at Proof On Main on view through 2018.

David Burns and Austin Young/Fallen Fruit, (American)

The Practices of Everyday Life, 2016

Mixed media, including wallpaper, painting, prints, and found objects

“Fallen Fruit’s immersion into the people and places that have shaped this community reveals a multitude of stories and connections in a visually dazzling and profoundly genuine expression of place making,” said Alice Gray Stites, 21c Museum’s  ground-breaking director and chief curator. “21c is proud to have commissioned an ambitious project that is truly locally engaged and globally connected. The installation addresses a universal aspect of the human condition, hunger—to be fed, to be seen, to belong, to be loved. The persistence of these desires fosters the continuity of ritual: the practices of everyday life don’t really change—we eat, drink, we talk, we congregate and celebrate in ways that would be recognizable to our forbears at least a century ago—these acts retain meaning and promise.”

David Burns and Austin Young, who work as the duo Fallen Fruit, explore and transform located geographies and narrative histories at the intersections of public and private spaces. This site-specific commission is inspired by a wide range of definitions of “the public,” from the stranger or passerby to the vast public spaces of the Internet, and includes collective histories found in native and creationist mythologies, generational knowledge, and public and private archives.

“We created a work of art in the form of an art installation at Proof on Main that celebrates people and place using source material from architectural salvage yards, historical images, personal diaries, amateur films, and ephemera from Louisville, Kentucky and Southern Indiana,” explain the artists. Constructed from dozens of individual photographs, texts, and objects, their research-based work is intended to celebrate the culture of place. The selection of each photograph, wall treatment, or object is deliberate; even the seemingly obtuse or misplaced is carefully chosen to create contrast and to explore conflicting shifts in meaning.  The artwork intimately explores the boundary of what is “public” and what is “private.” 

 At 21c, Fallen Fruit’s custom wallpaper patterns represent the spectrum of historical, environmental, and cultural characteristics of Louisville, Kentucky. The wallpaper in Proof lounge features photographs of the pear tree blossoms that line sidewalks downtown and other parts of the city. The experience of love blooms, wanes, returns, and revives in the sculptures, photographs, and other objects that constitute It Happens To Everyone Some Day / The Last “Gay” Bar In America. Images of notable citizens like Henrietta Bingham, David Williams, Stephen Irwin, and others hang beside contemporary pin ups, evoking endless tales of passion, romance, heartbreak, and inspiration.

The red dogwood blooms seen in the main dining room’s wallpaper pattern reference a Cherokee creationist myth, while the framed artworks hanging here  represent the pre-contact culture of this region prior to 18th century European settlement. Kentucky once served as a hunting ground for native cultures. Later trading posts drew in  both settlers and natives. The bison and landscape photographs were taken by the artists at Goshen County’s Woodland Farm in 2016. Taxidermy bison busts hang near the restaurant windows; their majestic features are mirrored in the pop-art portraits hanging amid photographs of forests and rivers, Native Americans, as well as historical documents, and other ephemera. The images of Native Americans come from the archives of the Library of Congress, and include 20th-century portraits for which sitters were sometimes costumed, posed, and paid to represent cultures that were already doomed  by European-American expansion.

In the west dining room, Farm To Table / 1864 to 2016 honors Kentucky’s agrarian roots, which have sustained this community for over two centuries: the space is wallpapered with images of vegetables and fruits grown at Woodland Farm, some of which are served in the restaurant.  Images of some of the complex histories about Kentucky evoke contemporary issues that persist in the United States today, including our relationship to food production, systemic poverty, and urban development. And in the private dining room, Love Is All You Need pays homage to 21c founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson: the paintings and objects on view here are drawn from their personal collections, while the wallpaper features patterns of the flowers grown in the gardens of their home in Oldham County.

“The practices of everyday life,” explain the artists, are “everyday interactions by everyday people that create community and generate the stories that become history and mythology. It is the both the extraordinary and the overlooked that together simultaneously make a place special and unique.  There are moments in life that we share communally, often regionally, and sometimes generationally, that are meant to be celebrated, shared, and remembered. These moments may be discovered in the mundane, or hidden away in archives for future generations.  We are interested in the idea of the public, citizenship, and community, and how everyday people are poets and scribes and artists and documentarians as much as they are strangers, neighbors, and friends. As artists, we realize that it is not one particular story that tells the truth about a place. Instead we believe that community is formed by many different people’s stories and collectively these stories about place and people form the cultural bonds we celebrate and honor through local traditions and more.” 

Founded in 1778, and named after King Louis XVI of France, Louisville has negotiated boundaries and bridged shifts between “here and there” from the beginning. . Defined by the Ohio River on the north and the west, it was once frontierland at the edge of the United States; until 1816 it functioned as a  gateway to the West.  The area served  as a  boundary between the North and the South during the Civil War.  Enslaved African Americans escaped to freedom here, where the Underground Railroad crossed the river. The word “Kentucky” translates from native languages as “the blood of the land”) but it also can mean the “place of tomorrow.” It was the beginning and end of the explorations of Lewis and Clark. In the 20th century the federal government twice obstructed river access, first by installing massive flood control walls following the great flood of 1937, and later in the 1960’s by building interstate highways that block the city’s relationship to its waterfront.

While  the artists found diversity and difference in  the city, they say, “We learned that one thing Louisvillians have in common is that they are neither Southern nor Northern, not from the West coast or the East coast; they are kind, welcoming people from an important region of Kentucky that has a long history in the United States, and a pride in heritage and love of family that is both steadfast and true.”  Young and Burns note that  Louisville  is home to several expansive historical archives that contain vast collections of photography, film, personal effects, legal documents, and ephemera. They add, “These types of archives exist in most major cities in the United States, however the depth and breadth of the archives at the Carnegie Center for Art and History, the Indiana Room at the New Albany Public Library, the University of Louisville, and the Filson Historical Society are models for the entire country .”

“The archival materials for the installation project activate selected images that explore meanings of everyday life through the lenses of other people’s cameras,” observe the artists. “We use language and phrases excerpted from the page’s other peoples’ notebooks and diaries—although the display of the artwork renders authorship of the material anonymous. After all, our collaboration is with people who we cannot ever really know.”

Some of the images the artists installed may seem cliché or banal, while  others offer challenges. . The content selected spans several generations, from the mid-1800s to the present day. By  their  nature archives often contain things that were once private; personal meanings from other peoples’ lives get replaced over time, becoming signifiers that represent a broader understanding.  Often the subjects of the stories that have been isolated and removed from context in hard to find file boxes  become  transformed in a new context that speaks to and reflects contemporary experiences.

“We believe that contemporary art has the ability to shift vision, alter meaning and explore humanity,” say Burns and Young, “In these ways both abstraction and collage may appear beautiful to a stranger or passerby, and at the same time could also inspire an in-depth discovery of the sundry and nuanced complexities embedded in these images, objects, and documents from other people’s lives. The element of chance is an important part of any discovery. It is the unexpected message you may come across in daily life that redirects your attention, or that important ,‘glimpse in a mirror’  that creates a short pause, or an unexpected rainbow you see on a landscape that makes you smile regardless of age. This opportunity to allow the unexpected into our lives may change a perception of space and an experience of time even for a short moment. Like a breath or a pause in movement, a flicker in an old film, a pop on an old recording, these glitches are a form of magic that reminds us that life is really happening in the moment and we are all in the process of living it with everyone around us. In these ways both the extraordinary and banal become temporarily equal and these forms of collective experience become integrated with our own individual authorship of life—in a very basic way we have no other choice.” 

“We are interested in the idea of the public, citizenship, and community, and how everyday people are poets and scribes and artists and documentarians as much as they are strangers, neighbors, and friends,” say the artists.

Exhibited Works


It Happens To Everyone Some Day / The Last “Gay” Bar In America, found frames, found photography from the archives of Emily Bingham, David Williams, John Lair, Bill Carner, Letitia Quesenbarry and the archives at the University of Louisville, original pin-up photography, found objects, custom soundtrack and  video playlist on Youtube, 2016

Kentucky /  , found frames, found taxidermy busts, original photography from Goshen, Kentucky, found photography from the Edward Curtis collection at The Library of Congress, 2016

Farm To Table / 1864 – 2016, found frames, found objects, found photography, 2016

All You Need Is Love, found objects from personal collections and archives of Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, 2016


Bizarre Love Triangle, found objects, epoxy acrylic paint, 2016

The Golden Pussy, found object, gold leaf gilding, 2016

It Feels Like The First Time, found object, epoxy, acrylic paint, 2016

#PARTY, found object, epoxy, acrylic paint, 2016

The Innocents, found object, found locket necklaces, portraits of the senior class from a 1964 yearbook, epoxy, acrylic paint, 2016


Fallen Fruit and 21c Museum Hotel are deeply grateful to the Carnegie Center for Art and History, New Albany, the Indiana Room at the New Albany Public Library, the University of Louisville, and the Filson Historical Society for granting the artists access to their archives. We also wish to acknowledge the generosity of the Indiana Room and the Carnegie Center for providing many of the images and documents featured in The Practices of Everyday Life. Additional materials were made available by the Library of Congress, and by individual members of this community, including Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, Emily Bingham, David Williams, and others.


A multi-venue museum, 21c was founded by Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, contemporary art collectors and preservationists who are committed to bringing works of art to the public through innovative exhibitions and programs that integrate contemporary art into daily life. 21c Museum presents a range of arts programming curated by Museum Director, Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites, including thought-provoking solo and group exhibitions that reflect the global nature of art today, as well as site-specific, commissioned installations, and a variety of cultural events. The organization collaborates on arts initiatives with artists and organizations worldwide, including North Carolina Museum of Art, MASS MoCA, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, The Barnes Foundation, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Creative Capital Foundation, and others. Since opening in Louisville, KY in 2006, 21c Museum has presented more than 85 exhibitions, including Cuba Now!;
Alter Ego: A Decade of Work by Anthony Goicolea; Blue: Matter, Mood, and Melancholy; Aftermath: Witnessing War, Countenancing Compassion; Hybridity: The New Frontier; Seeing Now; Dis-semblance: Projecting and Perceiving Identity; Albano Afonso: Self-Portrait as Light; and Pop Stars! Popular Culture and Contemporary Art