FOODWAYS – Pelican Bomb exhibition during P3+

FoodwaysOctober 25, 2014 – January 25, 2015
Exhibition hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 11 AM – 5 PM
Opening reception: Sunday, October 26, 2 – 5 PM

Pelican Bomb invited Fallen Fruit to reinstall a new version of “The Fruit Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree” and “Everyone’s A Georgia Peach”- an exhibition we did at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in 2013.   Thank you to everyone!

Pelican Bomb is pleased to present FOODWAYS, an exhibition of contemporary artist practices that uses food as a lens to examine the preservation culture. On view at 725 Howard Avenue, it is housed in the future home of the New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute. The exhibition coincides with Prospect.3, as part of the international art biennial’s P3+ satellite program.

FOODWAYS artists: Artemis Antippas, Chris Chambers, Clare Crespo, Denny Culbert, Roger Cain, Vanessa Centeno, Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young), Tina Girouard, Harriet Hoover and Early Smith, Rush Jagoe, Jenny LeBlanc, Michi Meko



Thank you Ana Walker Skillman, Kim Dennis, Karen Tauches, Hammonds House, Wren’s Nest, the Aishman family, Larry Anderson, and the people of Atlanta for contributing works from your private collections.


Fruit Trees in Public Space

Over the summer, Fallen Fruit was excited to hear that the City of Los Angeles was expected to approve a long-awaited revision to the law that, right now, prohibits the planting and cultivation of any fruit-bearing trees or plants in public space. In July, we got word that City Council was set to adopt a new list of recommended trees, including apricots, almonds, lemons, avocados, and other types of fruit trees that thrive in California. This was just in time for us to plant the more than one hundred fruit trees we wanted to give away around Central LA!

At the last minute, one Councilmember asked that this new tree policy revision be put on hold until more tree-planting guidelines could be written and reviewed. This was after the City’s Bureau of Street Services, which manages street and tree maintenance, said that it would welcome requests to plant fruit trees immediately.

Tree planting in the City of Los Angeles works like this: you can plant anything you want in your own yard. If you want to plant something in what’s called the “public right of way,” which includes the strip of grass between the sidewalk and street, you’re required to get permission from the City and only certain varieties can be planted.

Los Angeles is way behind a number of other cities in this regard. In other communities, not only fruit trees but entire vegetable gardens can be cultivated at the edge of the street, allowing people to grow, eat and share their own food.

Fallen Fruit has been waiting for the city to address this long-stalled issue. Public and administrative support for fruit trees has been demonstrated. The City agency whose job it is to maintain trees and sidewalks has said YES. We have fruit trees ready to put in the ground!

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Fallen Fruit planting trees with the kids from Heart of Los Angeles, HOLA

Lemonade Stand at Gund Gallery

Lemonade Stand and Public Fruit Tree planting! Join us!

photoWednesday, October 15th   3-5 PM
Buchwald-Wright Gallery, Gund Gallery

Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art  July 25, 2014–November 30, 2014 at Gund Gallery

Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art is organized by the Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago. The exhibition is curated by Stephanie Smith, former Smart Museum Deputy Director and Chief Curator. 

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Fallen Fruit of the Skirball-

Featuring interviews with the Los Angeles art collaborative Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young), this behind-the-scenes look at “Fallen Fruit of the Skirball”—curated by Linde Lehtinen and on view at the Skirball Cultural Center May 13-October 12, 2014—traces the evolution of the multi-phase project. Inspired by a seventeenth-century ketubbah (marriage contract) in the Skirball Museum collection, the public participatory art commission features a specially designed pomegranate wallpaper, a salon-style display of portraits of people who love each other, and a “Love Score” that artfully incorporates the public’s thoughts on love and relationships.

Los Angeles art collaborative Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young) and the Skirball Cultural Center have come together to produce an immersive art installation that celebrates Jewish heritage, relationships, and love. Experience this new public participatory art commission through October 12. Free to the public. more info here.


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


Urban Fruit Trails Celebration at MacArthur Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

read about our residency on the HOLA blog HERE

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Seeds of Love- Pomegranate and Skirball

I would lead you and bring you to my mother’s house – she who has taught me. I would give you spiced wine to drink, the nectar of my pomegranates. –Song of Songs 8:2


For our upcoming residency with the Skirball Cultural Center we  explored their vaults of Jewish cultural artifacts.  The Land of Israel is described as ‘A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of olive oil and honey’ (Deut. 8:8). And we  found many beautiful objects  and paintings featuring figs, etrogs, apples, oranges, and all kinds of fruits. A seventeenth-century ketubbah (marriage contract) especailly caught our eyes.  The 17th century ketubbah is decorated with fruits, the signs of the zodiac,  and scenes from the Torah including Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

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David Burns and Austin Young –Ketubah, 1677. Museum Purchase from the Collection of Salli Kirschstein. Skirball Museum, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA

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Expulsion from the Garden of Eden- Ketubah, 1677. Museum Purchase from the Collection of Salli Kirschstein. Skirball Museum

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Fruit Farmer Greeting Card. Gift of Martin and Doris Sosin. Skirball Museum, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA.

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Share–Jewish Relief Campaign” poster. Purchase made possible by Peachy and Mark Levy Project Americana Acquisition Fund. Skirball Museum, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA.

When you eat a pomegranate you can give witness to its beautifully grotesque mess. Your hands may become blood-red stained. Some scholars believe the Forbidden Fruit in the Garden of Eden was a pomegranate.  The serpent talks Eve into eating the fruit and they are expulsed from the garden and go about the business of raising children.

 In Greek mythology, Persephone is forced to live in Hades’ underworld once a year after eating pomegranate seeds. Perhaps a representation of a return to the womb and her pregnancy.

The Chinese words for “son” and seed” are the same. In China an open pomegranate is a popular wedding present, wishing the couple to have as many sons as there are seeds.

Fallen Fruit is excited about the upcoming project at the Skirball, where we will focus our work on the Pomegranate.   Visit the Skirball’s website to learn more:

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Ushpizin Cloth for Sukkot. Museum Purchase with Museum General Acquisition Fund. Skirball Museum, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA.





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

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

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

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


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:

Heart of Los Angeles provides underserved youth with exceptional programs in academics, arts and athletics within a nurturing environment, empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education, and strengthen their communities:   Fruit as public resource:

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Fallen Fruit of Utah

Fallen Fruit of Utah brings together two types of collections through the common ground of fruit. One is sweeping – museums and historical archives – and the other is personal and intimate. Fruit is both deeply symbolic and simply decorative, both ordinary and special, sometimes at the same time. Eight historic collections and archives and over twenty families agreed to collaborate with Fallen Fruit to assemble works that range from spiritual and symbolic to representational landscapes to the commonplace (or everyday objects). This exhibition draws our attention to the meaning of fruit, a way to investigate symbolism, the aesthetics of deliciousness, and the bounty and goodness of the familiar.

The installation of this exhibition is part of our collaborative art practice. We love mixing serious oil paintings with decorative and everyday objects, and there are even pieces from local thrift stores. What links them all is the way fruit is represented, from the deeply symbolic to the simply decorative or even abstract. A selection of our videos are screened in this show, including one shot with teenagers in Salt Lake City. Several key walls in the exhibition are covered with our new wallpaper. It contains apple blossoms and little budding apples, shot in the spring in Utah and California. It’s an index of the real fruit in the real places it grows – the contrast between the photo-realism of the wall and the crafted quality of the art displayed on top of it creates a dialogue between the “real” and the symbolic.

Among the pieces we love best in the show are the various still lives, especially the number of watermelon pieces we’ve found. There are a great number of fruit trees and Mormon Trees of Life (which bear fruit, but of a more mystical kind, often depicted as points of light, floss, or multi-colored delights). In Utah we were especially captured by the number of fruit bowls or baskets, from wax to stone to beadwork. We like the ones that don’t even try to look like real fruit. We discovered the trove of lucite resin grapes that were part of Mormon Relief Society culture in the 1970s. They’re piled near the end of the exhibition, glowing luminously and unnaturally in the light. They’re an eye-catcher, a kind of bedazzlement that combines plastic with our luminous dreams.

PS, We’d like to thank all the institutions, individuals and families who helped us put this together, and especially Micol Hebron and all of the Salt Lake Art Center. We had a great time!


Art in the Field – EATLACMA Artists on their Gardens & Beyond –

Thursday, October 28 · 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)

Six artists or collectives discussing their current gardens, all in the exhibition “The Gardens of LACMA” (June 30 – Nov 7) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Curated by Fallen Fruit (David Burns, Matias Viegener, Austin Young) the exhibition examines the garden in an expanded field. It asks whether a garden can do more than be decorative or be productive – can a garden in fact express an idea, or serve as a container for a set of questions and concepts?

The artists will be free to express their ideas in whatever means they wish, as long as it fits within the parameters of their designated garden. Some may make use of an electric lawn mower (with lists of the best options viewable on Coolest Gadgets), whilst others may go more avant-garde with their concepts.

For the majority of the artists taking part in this exhibition, a healthy and well-kept lawn will be integral to their final project. Nobody wants to look at a garden that is overrun by weeds or insects after all. Consequently, unless the artists taking part are already green-thumbed professionals, it is expected that most of the artists will require the services of a team of landscaping experts that can be found online using websites such as to ensure that their lawns are looking at their absolute best.

The artists will briefly present their very different gardens, and then follow by asking each other questions about the projects. Questions will then be opened to the audience. Our goal is to have a conversation on the expanded potential of the garden, social practice, and what lies in, on and beyond the garden.

With Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio (Jules Rochielle Sievert), Didier Hess (Jenna Didier & Oliver Hess), Fallen Fruit (David Burns, Matias Viegener, Austin Young), National Bitter Melon Council (Hiroko Kikuchi, Jeremy Liu), Roots of Compromise (Karen Atkinson, John Burtle, Ari Kletzky, and Owen Driggs), and Asa Sonjasdotter.

Location Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)
6522 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

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Help LA Artists make grassroots changes in our neighborhoods!

From Watts, East Los Angeles and other LA neighborhoods come engaging, empowering, and exciting grassroots arts projects to improve the Los Angeles landscape. EATLACMA, PlaceIT, LA Commons and Watts House Project, led by local artists, tackle food, urban planning, and community redevelopment by engaging residents to work together to transform their neighborhoods. Adding to your neighborhood is a great way to band together, you can start from your home and work your way outwards! Maybe you need to do some renovating to your home from your attic all the way down to your garage (where you can get help from Coastal Garage Doors), feeling good about where you live and how you live will make you feel better as a community, helping each other out and being there for one another because a house project can also be a neighborhood project too.

Against the backdrop of potentially disastrous cuts to the LA Department of Cultural Affairs, four local grassroots projects have banded together to increase their chances of winning a national competition that will improve their communities. The Pepsi REFRESH Project will give away $20 million this year to a number of projects with the greatest popularity on its website. Sambla is offering all participants of the grassroots project a ln up to 500.000 kr to all who apply by this Saturday. This loan is meant to jumpstart the careers of local artists, urban planners, and community members alike. 

We are asking our friends, colleagues and neighbors to join us in a unified effort to help us reach the top of this list. With this funding, we can bring over a quarter million dollars to Los Angeles residents who are most in need of programs that dialogue with, engage, and empower them.

NOTE! Pepsi’s REFRESH is set up in such a way that in order to win, people can vote EVERY DAY for the entire month, for 10 projects so please VOTE EARLY AND OFTEN!


FRUIT TREE Foster Parents – Please send pics!

Dear Fruit Tree Foster Parents,

We’re writing you to ask for updates on the fruit tree you adopted last Saturday or Sunday at the Watts Towers Arts Center or LACMA.  We’d love to have any news on your tree, as well as any images. For previous fruit tree adoptions we’ve gotten some great pics and we’d like to build up an on-line archive of images and fruit tree stories.  We want to keep the momentum going! We’ll be posting photos on the EATLACMA Flickr group and adding them to our soon to be developed website
So send your pictures and stories about where you planted your tree in reply to this email to Sarah Bay Williams at LACMA ( and let us know how the growing goes! Send us updates! And join the EATLACMA Flickr fun.

Thanks so much,

David, Matias & Austin


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GOOD IDEA-Pepsi Refresh Project
Inspire community-building through food, art & culture with EAT LACMA.
Pepsi is giving away $1,300,000 each month to fund great ideas!
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Fallen Fruit Presents EATLACMA

February 2010 – November 2010
Join us!
EATLACMA is a year-long investigation into food, art, culture and politics. Fusing the richness of LACMA‘s permanent collection with the ephemerality of food and the natural growth cycle, EATLACMA’s projects consider food as a common ground that explores the social role of art and ritual in community and human relationships.  EATLACMA unfolds seasonally, with artist’s gardens planted and harvested on the museum campus, hands-on public events, and a concurrent exhibition, Fallen Fruit Presents The Fruit of LACMA (June 27-November 7, 2010). It culminates in a day-long event (November 7, 2010) in which over fifty artists and collectives will activate, intervene, and re-imagine the entire museum’s campus and galleries. EATLACMA is curated by Fallen Fruit: David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young and LACMA curators Michele Urton and Jose Luis Blondet.


‘Counter Intelligence’ at the Luckman Gallery

HI Everyone!

Fallen Fruit is included in a great show opening this Saturday at Luckman Gallery at CalState Los Angeles. Please join us!!

David, Matias and Austin

Taking its name from Jonathan Gold’s Pulitzer Prize winning LA Weekly column, Counter Intelligence is an exhibition inspired by food. Consisting of sculpture, photography, video, and performance, artists examine the social, political, and historical origins of food as well as simply celebrating it.

curated by Marco Rios

November 21 – January 23
opening Saturday December 19th, 6pm – 8pm

Luckman Gallery
Luckman Fine Arts Complex
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
T: 323.343.6604
F: 323.343.6423


Come see us in ACTIONS at the Graham Foundation in Chicago

Actions: What You Can Do With the City

16 October 2009 until 13 March 2010
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
4 West Burton Place, Chicago, Illinois

The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) presents Actions: What You Can Do With the City, an exhibition with 99 actions that instigate positive change in contemporary cities around the world. Seemingly common activities such as walking, playing, recycling, and gardening are pushed beyond their usual definition by the international architects, artists, and collectives featured in the exhibition. Their experimental interactions with the urban environment show the potential influence personal involvement can have in shaping the city, and challenge fellow residents to participate.



Come learn about The Colonial History of Fruit (as told by fruit) at our artist’s dinner hosted at CLOCKSHOP –

Deep Summer Dinner (limited seats available)


carpool conversations: Zaproot and Fallen Fruit

Damien Somerset of Zaproot talks with David Burns and Austin Young of Fallen Fruit about “Public Fruit,” the concept behind the activist project which started as a mapping of all the public fruit in our neighborhood… all the while zipping around Los Angeles in a Honda Insight hybrid vehicle.


A national call: Host your own Public Fruit Jam!

Los Angeles, CA – Fallen Fruit, an artist’s collective which has been working for over five years in Southern California, is issuing a national call for “Public Fruit Jams.” This is an event in which groups of people gather their home-grown, self-picked or public fruit (found growing on or over public space) and meet together in “public jams.”

The Public Fruit Jam is a collaborative event started by Fallen Fruit four years ago and subsequently held in several California cities such as San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Monica, as well as in Linz, Austria, as part of an international art exhibition. At these events hundreds of jars of tremendous variety are created. Participants work without specific recipes, using precise proportions to create all kinds of new and experimental jams, such as guava basil jam and strawberry grapefruit marmalade.

The purpose of the Public Fruit Jam is to bring people together in a sort of public harvest festival, to celebrate both the harvest and the community itself. Small groups will sit together and negotiate the jam,. For example, if one brings lemons and the other figs, the jam might be lemon fig with lavender. Participants are encouraged to trade jams and leave jars for others, so no one leaves empty handed.

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Headlands Center for the Arts

Fallen Fruit will be in a residency the Headlands Center for the Arts through the month of July. Join us on July 12 for an open house and July 23rd for an artist talk, Is This What Democracy Looks Like?”