Fallen Fruit of Tulum


by Fallen Fruit, David Allen Burns and Austin Young


Fallen Fruit was in residency at AKI AORA in Tulum, Mexico February 18th through March 10, 2019

For  AKI AORA  2019, Fallen Fruit continued their exploration for the meaning of place and  community with support from Azulik Uh May, Fallen Fruit extended their ‘Endless Orchard’ or ‘Huerto Sin Fin;’ fruit trees that are planted in the public right of way, to be shared by everyone and connecting neighborhoods across communities. The artists did their research focusing on and the area called Tulum town and the village of Francisco Uh May. They met with local residents, business owners, and community leaders to learn about local histories and cultural rituals.  The artists went door to door inviting neighbors to participate in the project by adopting and caring for fruit trees to share with their community. Over thirty five fruit trees were planted in public spaces and adopted by local residents in a constellation linking Tulum town with Francisco Uh May. The Mayan language, which is under threat of extinction, was a vital component in the accessibility of the project, with a strong Mayan community still present in the region. A hand crafted wood sign placed at each fruit tree explains how to share the tree’s resources and care for it – both in Spanish and Mayan.

video still – Huerto Sin Fin, by David Burns and Austin Young, Fallen Fruit

The artist’s created a hand drawn map of all existing fruit trees in the area including the newly planted fruit trees to activate this shared resource for the community. The artists appropriated a long standing strategy of local business in the area and hired a local work truck to drive around the area with a recorded message publicizing the project from a megaphone on top of the car. This driving procession as public intervention invited local community members and business owners of Tulum town and Francisco Uh May to share their fruits. The message was recorded in Spanish and Mayan. Everyone was encouraged to plant the trees and participants signed adoption forms agreeing to help care for the trees and share the fruit when ripe. The artists conducted a workshop with a local after school program called La Esquina Foundation. The youth created plastic spirit bug catchers from recycled plastic bottles to protect the trees and prevent potential diseases for the new fruit trees, teaching the children about recycling and safeguarding the fruitful trees.

As part of the fruit planting and research process, David and Austin with a support team from AKI AORA and IK LAB  created a new film work, ‘HUERTO SIN FIN’ which tells the story of this collaboration and focuses on the alarmingly present advent of cultural tourism in the area threatening this natural paradise, the currency used to attract tourists in the first place.


Handmade signs written in Spanish and Maya for as instructions for when to harvest and how to care for each tree:

The Endless Orchard

A public participatory project for everyone to share.

This fruit tree is a part of the Endless Orchard.

The fruit is for everyone, including you.

When ripe, please taste the fruit and share it with others.

Take only what you need.

Say “hi” to strangers.

Take a friend.

Go by foot.

This is a orange tree.

Oranges are ripe in May.

Created by the artists of Fallen Fruit

With AKI AORA and Azulik.



FRUTA PARA TODOS is a call to action and a poem. This message was  recorded for the fruit truck recorded in both Mayan and Spanish.


Naranjas! Limones! Mandarinas! Papayas!
Guanabanas! MANGOS! Aguacates! SAPOTES


Our Fruit Tree Planting project, HUERTO SIN FIN  in Uh May and Tulum is in collaboration with AKI AORA and sponsored by IK LAB / Uh May



Programa público – 1-10 de marzo 2019, Tulum.

Queridos amigos, nos complace anunciarles e invitarlos a la tercera edición de AKI AORA!

Dear friends, we´re excited to announce and invite you to the third edition of AKI AORA!








Fallen Fruit – yay 2018!

We hope you have a beautiful and fruitful 2019! 

 A big thank you to all friends, collaborators, supporters, and collectors. And a special thank you to all our partners. We wouldn’t be able to do this without you. Help us continue grow this important work and transform community.
Let’s make fruit trees publicly accessible everywhere – our cities could be like communal gardens. Share your fruit!  

With Love,
David and Austin
“Fallen Fruit Cocktail’ on the cover of ART NEWS magazine, Winter 2019

We exceeded prior attendance records at Newcomb Art Museum and our installation ‘Theater of the Sun’ was the most instagramed site in Palermo! We were in the NY Times twice! Here are some highlights of 2018:

Fallen Fruit of New Orleans- Endless Orchard! 300 fruit trees in New Orleans! 

EMPIRE our exhibition at Newcomb Art Museum, New Orleans




THEATER OF THE SUN Manifesta 12, Palermo


FRUIT COCKTAIL Fallen Fruit at Manifesta 12, Palermo

CONSUMED by Ligaya Mishan in the NY Times Magazine

TODO INCLUIDO: Estás Como Mango Remixed,  OPC, Puerto Vallarta

FALLEN FRUIT interview by Cameron Shaw


”Orange you glad i didn’t say banana?” participatory art at San Bernardino Art Museum


RIM OF THE WORLD FRUIT PARK, San Bernardino County



FALLEN FRUIT MAGAZINE! San Bernardino Edition!

PUBLIC ART NETWORK AWARD  Stoneview Nature Center

THE ENDLESS ORCHARD at Manual Arts High School

Fallen Fruit’s first ever MASTER CLASS at Stoneview Nature Center

PANORÁMICA, Ex Convento del Carmen, Guadalajara, Mexico


Fallen Fruit in LALA Magazine

Monument to Sharing by Fallen Fruit (David Allen Burns and Austin Young) 2016

ALL TOMORROW’S PARTIES  The Bunker, West Palm Beach 
THE MONUMENT TO SHARING at Los Angeles State Historic Park

A special thank you to Manifesta, Newcomb Art Museum, Pelican Bomb, A Studio In the Woods, San Bernardino Arts Council, Garcia Center for the Arts, OPC, New Orleans Department of Parks, CSED, Palazzo Butera, 21c Museum Hotel, Beth Rudin DeWoody and The Bunker, Joanna Glovinsky, and everyone who joined us on our journey this year!

Fulcrum Arts is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations to Fallen Fruit are tax deductible to the full extent of the law under Federal ID 95-2540759.



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.



Fallen Fruit Magazine – The Love Edition

What the world needs now is love sweet love…. and fruit.

Fallen Fruit Magazine, The “Love” Edition is a zine made by Fallen Fruit (David Allen Burns and Austin Young) It was a 3 hour collaboration on Natoma Street, San Francisco, California, on July 29, 2017, 3-6pm with Sites Unseen and everyone who participated.

Sites Unseen is working with local community partners and cultural institutions to bring dynamic arts program- ming to seven underused alleys in the neighborhood in the form of permanent and temporary artworks, per- formances, screenings, and other happenings. e alleys––Annie, Clementina, Jessie East, Lapu Lapu, Minna, Natoma, and Shipley Streets––will provide a platform for both local and national artists at all career stages to showcase work within a uni ed curatorial framework. Sites Unseen will activate these neglected areas by foster- ing social interaction, community pride, and economic opportunities while increasing visitors’ exposure to the arts.


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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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




The Endless Orchard Kick Off Planting Day!

Be a part of Fallen Fruit’s ‘The Endless Orchard’
and help create an URBAN FRUIT TRAIL
around The Los Angeles State Historic Park
Planting day! March 19th at 10 am to 2pm at 1799 Baker Street
Meet us under the North Broadway Bridge at the Viaduct.
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Volunteer! Come helps us plant or if you live near The Los Angeles State Historic Park, adopt a free tree, map and care for it. Becoming part of The Endless Orchard is easy:

1. You have space along sidewalks and fences on private property
– a home, local business or apartment building.

2. The space is sunny and is already being watered or can be watered regularly.

3. You agree to share the fruit tree with neighbors and passersby and be part of
The Endless Orchard where Trees are mapped and shared with the community.

4. Join us March 19th at 10 am at Los Angeles State Historic Park.
We will give you a fruit tree. (Apricots, Apples, Figs, Grapes, Pomegranates and Plums.) We will have volunteers to help plant if needed. It takes a community to grow an Endless Orchard – and you can help bring this sustainable, collaborative public art work to fruition.

email > INFO@FALLENFRUIT.ORG and get involved! It’s free to participate – sign up for a fruit tree at no cost and/or volunteer and help us plant trees on the margins of public space.
200 beautiful fruit trees await adoption.

The Endless Orchard is an on-going installation of fruit trees on or in the margins of public space and designed to provide communities with an urban experience that can be cared for, cultivated and shared by the public. ‘Urban Fruit Trails’ have already been planted in Los Angeles, Riverside, Omaha and Portland. The goal is to connect neighborhoods and create walking trails from public transportation to local destinations. The fruit trees are planted on the margins of public space, along sidewalks and parkways where the fruit can be shared with everyone. The trailhead will be at the orange grove in Los Angeles State Historic Park and fruit trees will lead out into the surrounding neighborhoods.

The Endless Orchard by Fallen Fruit, David Burns and Austin Young. It’s a Creative Capital awarded project. It’s organized in collaboration with Los Angeles State Historic Park.
The Endless Orchard app is collaboration with digital agency Code Rodeo. Partners include: Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Bronx River Art Center, Caldera, CSULA (California State University Los Angeles), Chung King Road Association (Chinatown), Concordia University, Creative Capital, Friends of Trees, Good Works Foundation, HOLA (Heart of Los Angeles), Kent Bellows Mentoring Program, l.a. Eyeworks, LACC (Los Angeles City College), LACC (Los Angeles Conservation Corps), Los Angeles State Historic Park, MRCA (Mountain Recreation Conservancy Agency), Park To Playa, The Awesome Foundation, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, The Los Angeles County Arts Commission, The Muriel Pollia Foundation, The Rauschenberg Foundation, OPC (Oficina de Proyectos Culturales), Open School North, Peninsula School, Portland Art Museum, Portland Fruit Tree Project, Root Pouch, Wexner Center for the Arts and more.

About Fallen Fruit
Fallen Fruit began by mapping fruit trees growing on or over public property in Los Angeles. The collaboration has expanded to include public projects, site-specific installations and happenings in various cities around the world. 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. www.fallenfruit.org

*The Endless Orchard map is for illustration purposes and is only an example of how to imagine a neighborhood experience. Please ask tree owners whenever possible. Never pick someone tree on private property without permission.


Fallen Fruit Artist Talk

Join us for an artist talk!
November 15, 2015 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
get tickets here: Portland Art Museum



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Urban Fruit Trails PDX

Join us! It’s free to participate!
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Welcome to the Urban Fruit Trail
Urban Fruit Trails are a network of walking trails, populated with fruit trees and planted, tended, and harvested by the public. With your collaboration, we will make the largest public artwork in the world.

The Urban Fruit Trail is presented by Caldera and created by Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young). Fruit trees are planted next to the sidewalk in front of private homes, schools, businesses and community gardens, so that branches will grow into public space and be within easy reach. Caldera youth, their families, Caldera’s Arts Partner middle schools, along with the greater community of Portland are encouraged to celebrate family stories and histories, local facts and historic lore along the trails through an interactive online Urban Fruit Trails map. Trees will be mapped on the URBAN FRUIT TRAILS map where you can share fruit, read stories, view art,and look at videos inspired by the fruit trees, community, and family.

Partners include: Portland Fruit Tree Project, Friends of Trees, Portland Art Museum, Root Pouch, Concordia University, Open School North, and Peninsula School.

Fallen Fruit urban fruit trails

Portland’s Urban Fruit Trail will become part of Fallen Fruit’s Endless Orchard, which is a collection of interactive online maps from around the world of fruit trails. Individual fruit trees are geo-tagged for anyone to digitally view art, read stories, and look at videos inspired by the apple trees.

To include your fruit tree in URBAN FRUIT TRAILS:

Plant your tree next to the sidewalk so that branches will go into public space and be within easy reach. Plant it today if possible.

Map the tree. And/or map a tree that you already have that is accessible to the public. Check “YES I want to be part of the online map” when you fill out your name, and the tree’s new address along with the tree type and variety on the Urban Fruit Trail sign up at the adoption table.

Once the tree is planted
, send us a photo of the planting or newly planted, the date of the plant and if you like, a very short story about the tree planting or celebrate family stories and histories, local facts and historic lore along the trails. Stories and photos will go on the interactive online Urban Fruit Trails map. If you did not give your information on the day of pick-up and you want to be included on the Endless Orchard online map or if there is an update to the tree’s location, please send the new information to: info@fallenfruit.org

View your tree and share your fruit on the Urban Fruit Trail! in a few years when fruit trees get bigger and produce 100’s of pounds of fruit, there’ll be plenty to share! www.fallenfruit.org/endless-orchard/portland/

About Fallen Fruit

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. The collaboration has expanded to include public projects, site-specific installations and happenings in various cities around the world. Share your fruit, change the world!


About Caldera

Caldera is a nonprofit organization that supports youth with limited opportunities through long-term mentoring and arts and nature programming, as well as provides fully subsidized residencies to adult artists. Caldera provides year-round youth mentoring through 12 Arts Partner middle schools (six in Portland and six Central Oregon), high school programming, and summer camp at its Arts Center on Blue Lake near Sisters, Oregon. More information at www.CalderaArts.org.


A Day in Paradise – October 24th

Caldera Presents
Fallen Fruit of Portland!
Join us for a day of free events and site specific artworks created by artist collaborative Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young), Natalie Ball, Bill Cravis, Bruce Conkle, Tahni Holt, Aaron Lish, Jess Perlitz, DeAngelo Raines, Caldera Youth and the Portland Art Museum.

A Day in Paradise

Saturday, October 24, 2015, 10am-8pm
Everyone is invited to participate! Paradise will move from the museum onto the park blocks and into downtown Portland. A Day in Paradise will celebrate the opening of ‘Paradise’ at the Portland Art Museum by Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young) and an exhibition project created by Caldera Youth called the ‘Geography of We‘ opens concurrently at the Weiden+Kennedy Gallery. The public is invited to observe, interact and help create collaborative art making that is inspired by the history of Portland, themes of paradise and of course, the apple.
War Hoop with us! We’ll make a Magazine together! Share poems and songs with the river! Become a monument! Enter the right hand of the fellowship! Watch a rock move rocks!

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Natalie Ball, Warhoop Flashmob
2pm, Location: Portland Art Museum
Natalie will facilitate War Hooping as used in battle by Native Americans across the country. Also known as a battle cry, Li-Li is a vocal projection used for intimidation, celebration, and energy charge. Women use Lii-Lii which is a tongue/vocal projection that is LOUD! They still do them today. Natalie will bring people from her tribe to do Lii-Lii, but everyone in the attendance will be invited to participate with them.
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Bruce Conkle Paradise Lost
6 – 8pm, Location: RACC Building, 411 NW Park Ave
Bruce Conkle, “Paradise Lost”
Bruce Conkle has created apple inspired drawings from history, mythology, and pop culture. He will electronically and astrally project these images outdoors on a large wall along the Park Blocks.

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Bill Cravis, ?A Monument for Bicyclists
Noon – 4pm, Location: South Parks Block by the equestrian statue of Theodore Roosevelt across from Portland Art Museum
Portland bicyclists become temporary “living statues” in the South Parks neighborhood, alongside the equestrian statue of Theodore Roosevelt. A small replica of the concrete plinth supporting the Roosevelt statue will be placed near to the original. Bicyclists will be invited to become temporary “living statues” atop the miniature plinth, which will be photographed. These urban bicyclists will be displayed as today’s heroes – contemporary mavericks who play an active role in reducing the threat of global climate change. Photos will be placed online so that participants can download them.

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Tahni Holt, ? apples & pomegranates
1 & 3pm, Location: Portland Art Museum
Building on the mythological idea of Eve eating the apple in the Garden of Eden, this is a solo dance performance that walks the fault line between rejected female stereotypes and embodied expression, wrestling with first impressions, assumptions and associations, motherhood, sensationalism, emotionality, sexuality, an image/time­bound body, and the body in the present moment. Sound Score and technical support by Luke Wyland



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Aaron Lish?, Sweet Nothings and Other Stories.
Noon – 5pm, Location: along the Willamette Riverfront trail at Ankeny (near the Bill Naito Legacy Fountain)
To celebrate the Willamette River, the public is invited to share stories, poetry, songs, etc. with the River as receiver / audience. There will be an installation at the Riverwalk overlook just south of the Saturday Market that will conduct your voices down to the water. The site is right near the Bill Naito Legacy Fountain, which memorializes the names of those who helped make Portland what it is today. But the Willamette River is not on that list of names. “Sweet Nothings and Other Stories” has been created to celebrate the River in a new and different way, where your sharing is a form of gift to the River.

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rock map jess perlitz small Jess Perlitz Rock moving rocks 11am-4pm, Location: The route for the rock will begin near the Hawthorne Bridge moving along the Eastbank Esplanade, over the Tilikum Crossing, ending at the Art Museum.
For a day, along the west shore of the Willamette River in Portland, the artist will be a rock and will move other rocks, engaging with the surrounding world. Inspired by landscape and landscaping, landmarks and monuments, natural disaster and our never ending attempts for control, this piece will be an action that unfolds over the course of 5 hours. The r?ock w?ill have arms and legs available so that it may move other similar objects, rest, and engage with people as needed. The rock does not talk. But it does try to communicate through music, action, and presence.


DeAngelo Raines, The Right Hand of Fellowship
Noon – 4pm, Location: South Parks Blocks at the Lincoln Statue
With the belief that barriers to identification can be overcome, DeAngelo Raines proposes a performative social engagement installation to exhibit multiple handshakes from 7 different archetypes of the adult African-American Male.


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Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young)
The Division of Identification
All Day, Location: Throughout Park Blocks
October 24, 2015 -­ January 17, 2016
during Paradise ?exhibition at Portland Art Museum. DIVISION OF IDENTIFICATION

These selected portraits are sourced from a volume of police arrest mug shots found in the City of Portland Archives collections. Created by the Division of Identification, now the Police Identification Division, the photos date between 1947 and 1954. The body of works is presented as a photographic installation in public space that unmasks issues of humanity often camouflaged by social stereotypes and ill-repute of “the other.” The large scale black and white photographic portraits have been installed throughout the Park Blocks of Downtown Portland the same historic locations where people have been arrested for “vagrancy” or other social crimes. You can find a limited selection of the black and white prints for sale online. “The Division of Identification” is part of Fallen Fruit of Portland presented by Caldera through a Creative Heights grant from the Oregon Community Foundation. Caldera students will interview the public and each other about reactions to the portraits for broadcast on KBOO.
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Fallen Fruit, Fruit Magazine Issue #2, PDX
Noon – 4pm, Location: Portland Art Museum
In one day the public, along with David Burns and Austin Young, will use fruit and its metaphors to create a limited edition contemporary culture magazine. Fruit Magazine‘s Portland­ specific content will feature native languages and visual vocabularies that reflect Portland’s diversity. “Fruit Magazine” will be published as a downloadable PDF accessible at w?ww.CalderaArts.org/FallenFruitPDX? and w?ww.fallenfruit.org/fallenfruitmagazine?

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Fallen Fruit, Paradise
October 24, 2015 ­ January 17, 2016
Location: Portland Art Museum
This exhibition, on display in the Portland Art Museum’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Sculpture Court October 24 through January 17, More information can be found here.
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Caldera Youth, The Culture of We
Location: Wieden+Kennedy Gallery 224 NW 13th Ave
October 24th – ­ November 13
The Culture of We showcases the power of creativity through the voices of Caldera students. Inspired by Caldera’s environmental themes, student work displayed reflects unique youth perspectives, reactions, and inspirations surrounding “The Geography of We”. Artwork is installed salon­ style, and will create a dialogue of how the individual contributes to community. This exhibition highlights Caldera’s focus on the integration of art and nature and powerful work with special guest artists like Fallen Fruit.

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Urban Fruit Trails, PDX
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Locations: TBD and located throughout Portland
Hey Portland! Anyone can participate! If you have space to plant near a sidewalk, can care for the tree, and include it on the Urban Fruit Trail map, please email us! info @ fallenfruit.org. Caldera and Fallen Fruit are producing an installation and public planting of approximately 200 fruit trees in community gardens, private homes, churches and businesses that allow public access to fruit. Caldera youth, their families, Caldera’s Arts Partner middle schools, along with the greater community of Portland will celebrate family stories and histories, local facts and historic lore along the trails through signs at tree sites and with an interactive online Urban Fruit Trails map. Trees will be geo­tagged for anyone to digitally view art, read stories, and look at videos inspired by the apple trees. P?artners: P?ortland Fruit Tree Project, Friends of Trees, Know Your City, Oregon Food Bank, Portland Art Museum, Root Pouch, Concordia University, Open School North and others to be announced.


Oregon Community Foundation Creative Heights Initiative Award

About Caldera
Established in 1996 by Dan Wieden, co-founder of the Portland, Oregon-based international ad agency Wieden+Kennedy, Caldera is a nonprofit organization that supports youth with limited opportunities through long-term mentoring and arts and nature programming, as well as provides fully subsidized residencies to adult artists. It provides year-round youth mentoring through 12 Arts Partner middle schools (six in Portland and six Central Oregon), high school programming, and summer camp at its Arts Center on Blue Lake near Sisters, Oregon. More information at www.CalderaArts.org.

Elizabeth Quinn is the Creative Director for Caldera. Previous to her work at Caldera, she was the Founding Editor of High Desert Journal, a publication that strives for a deeper understanding of the interior West through arts and literature. She also helped found Playa, a residency program in Summer Lake, Oregon, and was the Director of The Dalles Art Association. Having worked across Oregon, Elizabeth has developed in-depth knowledge of arts communities throughout the state and an understanding of the unique needs of artists from diverse backgrounds.

About Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights Initiative
Through a four­ year initiative (2014­2017), the Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights Initiative provides grants to help arts and culture organizations take strategic risks in the creation and dissemination of their work in Oregon, provide unique opportunities for Oregonians to experience innovative arts and culture, and to increase Oregon’s cultural visibility and vitality. more information here.


The Value of Food opens October 6th in NYC

The Value of Food: Sustaining a Green Planet
The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, New York
1047 Amsterdam Avenue @ 112th Street New York, NY 10025

October 6, 2015 – April 3, 2016 (Opening October 6 from 7:30pm on)

The Venue
Saint John the Divine, The Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New York is proud to present The Value of Food: Sustaining a Green Planet, a contemporary art exhibition guest-curated by Kirby Gookin and Robin Kahn. The Cathedral is the world’s largest Gothic structure visited by more than one million people annually. With its long history of engagement with issues of social justice, the environment, support for the arts, and community empowerment, it is a unifying center of intellectual leadership and an exceptional resource center of educational and cultural exhibitions and programs.

The Exhibition
The Value of Food explores the dynamic and organic materiality of food and its integral role in sustaining human life. The artists in this exhibition work with food as a form of social engagement. Although their subjects and methodology vary, they each explore the intersection of food, art, commerce and community in order to engage the exhibition’s unifying theme: food justice.

We will also be presenting a variety of educational programs, workshops and evening events, some in collaboration with Mother Jones, Magnum Foundation and Grace Communications Foundation, as well as with artists and guest speakers.

Pull up a seat and join us at The Tables. Food becomes a meal only when it is shared.

Suzanne Anker
Stefani Bardin
Anna-Sophie Berger
Pascal Bernier
Mike Bidlo
Matt Black
Mel Chin
Ines Doujak
Eating in Public
Coleen Fitzgibbon
Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young)
Fredericka Foster
Nancy Hwang
Christian Jankowski
Robin Kahn
Alison Knowles
Larry Miller
Vik Muniz
Jan Mun
Peter Nadin
Naoto Nakagawa
Tom Otterness
Claire Pentecost
Alexis Rockman
Christy Rupp
Laura Stein
Tattfoo Tan
Nigel Van Wieck
Kara Walker
Linda Weintraub
Peter Lamborn Wilson

With documentation and ephemera by additional artists involved in these many issues, including: Agnes Denes, Fluxus, Carol Goodden and Gordon Matta-Clark, Fritz Haeg, Corita Kent, Christien Meindertsma, Dieter Roth, Daniel Spoerri, Superflex, Rirkrit Tiravanija, among others.

For more information please contact:
Kirby Gookin: KirbyGookin@yahoo.com Robin Kahn: RobinKahn@yahoo.com


LEMONADE STAND! at the Los Angeles Central Library

Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 | 11:00am – 2:00pm
Maguire Gardens, Central Library
Lemonade Stand!
A public participatory project by Fallen Fruit (David Burns & Austin Young)
Presented in association with To Live and Dine in L.A.

Join us for Lemonade Stand, a public participatory artwork by Fallen Fruit exploring ideas of temporary community and new forms of public. During this special presentation on the steps of Central Library, draw a self-portrait onto a lemon and receive a glass of organic lemonade. The lemon self-portraits will collectively form a group portrait of everyone who participated, illustrating some of the archetypes that construct community. Additionally, as participants are asked to record stories about neighborhood and family, the Lemonade Stand will activate the phrase… “when life gives you lemons…”


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.


Join us! Motherpatch! Coleman Center for the Arts.

Please join us at the Coleman Center for the Arts (CCA) outside on Avenue A on Saturday, August 22nd from 10 AM to 12 PM for the Harvest Celebration of Motherpatch, a new public art project by the Fallen Fruit.

Activities will include free watermelons for all (while supplies last,) a watermelon race (with prizes!!), and music!! Please also join us in sharing memories and advice you got from your mother, as we honor mothers with these delicious seeded watermelons!

This event is free and open to the public! All are welcome! Free watermelons! Free food! Free fun! Come and join us and remember to “Spit your seeds!”

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 is 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.

COLEMAN CENTER for the arts 630 Avenue A York, AL 36925 205.392.2005
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Public Fruit Jam in Pasadena!

JOIN US! for a Public Fruit Jam
Sunday, August 16, 11am – 2pm

One Colorado Courtyard – 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena CA 626.564.1066

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*This fruit-filled event is supported in part by Whole Foods Market

Join us for a fun and friendly day of making jam and new pals! Fallen Fruit’s Public Fruit Jam is a wonderful social and community-building event that’s perfect for kids, adults, families and even first dates.

Folks are invited to drop by the courtyard anytime between 11am – 2pm for the Fruit Jam. Everyone is invited to contribute home-grown or picked public fruit to the cause.

Selecting fruit goodies from the communal fruit table, guests will join Jam Teams of 3 to 5 people. (New friends!) Your team’s jam ingredients can be anything you bring along or score at the fruit table. Fallen Fruit encourages experimental jams, such as basil guava or lemon pepper jelly. You can even add a kick of jalapeno or bite with some fresh ginger. Almost all fruits can be jammed, even bananas – if you dare!

Each jam session runs approximately 45 minutes from cutting to preserving. Fallen Fruit staffers will be on hand to help out. In the end, you will have jam to keep, swap and contribute to the tasting table where you can savor the fruits of your labors. And who knows – you may also leave with a new BFF or adorable meet-cute story!

We are grateful to Whole Foods Market for supporting this event (and local farmers!).

About Fallen Fruit:

Fallen Fruit invite you to experience your 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. Fruit Trees! Share your fruit! Change the world! 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. The collaboration has expanded to include serialized public projects and site-specific installations and happenings in various cities around the world.

About One Colorado:

One Colorado is a collection of 17 historic buildings housing a curated mix of nationally acclaimed retailers and designers, unique local merchants, inventive restaurants and a boutique cinema. A full city block located between Colorado, Union, Delacey and Fair Oaks, One Colorado is the retail centerpiece of Old Pasadena and favorite casual gathering place for the greater community, with public events hosted year-round in its central courtyard.



Coming by June 1st.

We’ll launch the premiere issue of FALLEN FRUIT MAGAZINE!

You can order a beautiful perfect bound copy or a downloadable PDF by June 1st!
Our new public project which becomes a magazine! For our first issue, !ESTAS COMO MANGO! we worked with OPC and the people of Puerto Vallarta.


Fallen Fruit Magazine
Fallen Fruit Magazine is a public participatory project is created for different cities in the world with the support of an art or cultural institution. The subject matter and themes honor the history and narratives for the places and cultures from which the work is created. For example, the historic mango plantations of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico or the native apple trees of Manhattan in New York City. The majority of texts and images are collected by public engagement through group collage making, interviews and story telling and local historians and cultural leaders are also invited to contribute to the publication. Collectively, the magazine captures a “story of place-making” in a contemporary ‘zine.



Urban Fruit Trails! Fallen Fruit’s public artwork extends to Riverside!

Urban Fruit Trails is a network of walking trails, populated with fruit trees and planted, tended, and harvested by the public. Anyone can become a part of this project collaborate with us: Urban Fruit Trails All of these fruit trees will become part of a network of Urban Fruit Trails and our upcoming public artwork with Creative Capital: Endless Orchard

Urban Fruit Trails portraits commissioned by the Riverside Art Museum for Artmake 2015

On Saturday, February 21 from 12-3pm at Lincoln Park in Eastside, Fallen Fruit with Riverside Art Make, Riverside Art Museum, Eastside residents and volunteers to install Riverside’s first “Urban Fruit Trail!- Fallen Fruit’s public artwork in Riverside! We planted 18 trees in Lincoln Park t and extended the trail throughout the neighborhood.
More info HERE

Each recipient signs an agreement promising to care for the tree and share the fruit with others. If where you live has room for more than one fruit tree and you can care for them, let us know! If you don’t have space for a tree — come help us plant fruit trees in the Eastside neighborhood.

Please understand, that these are bare root fruit trees, and must be planted the same day of the event (If possible , we will help you). All of these fruit trees will become part of a network of Urban Fruit Trails and our upcoming public artwork with Creative Capital: Endless Orchard.

Riverside Art Make is supported by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation.


Fallen Fruit of Puerto Vallarta!

Estas Como Mango! by Fallen Fruit


help fund our new project here: KICKSTARTER


¡Estas Como Mango! means that “You are like a Mango” or “you are sweet, perfect and ripe!” It’s a term of affection and adoration in Mexico. Of course, we believe everyone is perfect and everyone is ripe. This exhibition of contemporary art and public practice will open at Oficina de Proyectos Culturales (OPC) in Puerto Vallarta in May 2015 and will be the first exhibition by the Fallen Fruit collective in Mexico. Cultural exchange and contemporary art making is important to the vibrancy of a 21st-century transnational community. We recognize that California was once Mexico and that Latin-American heritage is part of West-coast culture. The artists want to create meaning from the nuances of these histories. This art installation will re-contextualize local narratives using fruit and images of Puerto Vallarta as a subject, object and symbol.


The artworks will respond to people and place and use local fruit as a connector. Fruit is a part of the history of a place. In the case of Puerto Vallarta, we found that the mango is paramount to local culture. Mangos were imported to this tropical beach town and part of its foundation in terms of urban planning, infrastructure, and culture. This area was a place to harvest salt for the mines, then a plantation, a village, and now a town—where the culture of the plantation was replaced by a culture of tourism. From this context, we will create new artworks that celebrate the history of place and fruit as a connector of cultural meaning.


Oficina de Proyectos Culturales is an independent non-profit arts organization dedicated to fostering dialogue through exhibitions, round table discussions, public art and arts education programs. OPC works with artists, architects, curators, academics, and writers who explore ideas that shape our city and to develop cultural programming that is firmly rooted in Puerto Vallarta, yet international in scope.


Park To Playa- Public Fruit Tree Adoption

A Fallen Fruit Project sponsored by
MRCA and the Office of Supervisor
Mark Ridley-Thomas.

Join us!!  On Saturday, February 7th from 12pm to 2pm at Rueben Ingold Park at 4500 Mt. Vernon Drive for a Public Fruit Tree Adoption and blessing of the Park-To-Playa Trailheads.  There is no charge and anyone can adopt a fruit tree and plant it as a symbol of abundance and generosity for the community.  There are over 100 fruit trees available and are available on a first-come basis.

This project is about celebrating public space & community resources.  These fruit trees are for sharing; by planting your adopted fruit tree in a public location or on the edge of private property and sidewalks or alleyways, organic fresh fruit will become available to the community for generations to come. Share your fruit and change the world!  become part of the “Urban Fruit Trails and Endless Orchard”

Post pictures of your new tree’s growth, blossoms, fruit, harvest and friends.  Send them to us: info @ fallenfruit.org . Use #FallenFruit   #PublicFruitTreeAdoption  #urbanfruittrails and #ParkToPlaya to be a part of the project online.

Type of fruit trees for this event include:

Apple, Apricot, Aprium, Fig, Nectarine, Pomegranate,

Peach, Plum, Pluot and Persimmon.

RSVP by email to: info at fallenfruit.org

with the subject line “Fruit Tree”

For more information on Park To Playa visit here


The Park to Playa Trail will be a 13 mile trail network connecting the Baldwin Hills Parklands to the Pacific Ocean. Efforts are underway to create a seamless pedestrian and bike connection starting with the Stocker Corridor on the east, connecting to Ruben Ingold Park, Norman O. Houston Park, Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, among other destinations. The Stocker Corridor segment of the project will include an Urban Fruit Trailhead that will offer seasonal public fruit. Construction is expected to begin on this segment of the trail in February. When complete, the Park to Playa Trail will be Los Angeles County’s first urban regional trail.

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Public Fruit Tree Adoption in Pasadena- December 18th

December 18th in Old Pasadena at One Colorado

We’re giving away the gift that keeps on giving – a citrus tree compliments of Fallen Fruit and One Colorado! The artist collaborative Fallen Fruit (David Burns & Austin Young) invites the public to adopt a citrus tree and plant it in a public space or alongside private property to create new kinds of community based on generosity and sharing. It makes you feel good, it’s good for the planet, it’s free and it saves Santa a trip.

Each participant is asked to sign an adoption form promising to care for the tree—initiating a relationship with it. We ask recipients to plant them in public space or along the borders of private property near sidewalks where the fruits will be shared and enjoyed by the community. There will be over 50 citrus trees carefully selected for event. One tree per family. Fruit trees should be planted immediately with the understanding that they require extra water and care for three years. Fallen Fruit will provide planting instructions and caretaking tips.

RSVP to info @ fallenfruit.org by 12/17. Trees are first-come, first-served; RSVPs are given priority 6p – 7p; open to the public 7p – 8p.
One Colorado Courtyard, 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, California
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