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Endless Orchard is a traditional grid of fruit trees is amplified by mirrors, creating an illusion of endless fruit trees from various angles. The flashy technology of spectacle contrasts with its opposite, the quietly growing fruit tree. One is fast, and the other is slow. One is all surface, and the other is all substance. It’s a lens on the relationship between our food and its history and how we live today. It interrogates our use of land, our values, and how we sustain one another. It asks us to take a closer look.

Forty years from now, Los Angeles would have a completely different landscape. All arable land would be adapted to generate fruit and produce. The city would be a kind of permaculture food forest. This doesn’t mean that it won’t be beautiful. We take advantage of the natural beauty of fruit and fruit trees, the fragrance of their flowers, and the soothing charm of their green leaves — all demonstrated to improve mood and quality of life.

Fallen Fruit is David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young.
We collaborate with the public to make art using fruit at as a common denominator to change the way you see the world.

fruit hands by Fallen fruit

Join us! for our 6th annual Public Fruit Jam!

Join Fallen Fruit at Del Aire Park for a Public Fruit Jam!
An interactive collaborative exploration of fruit, community, and neighborhood goodness.
Sunday August 5th, 2012
12pm-3pm, Public Fruit Jam!

Join us and your friends and neighbors to make jam together. Bring your home-grown or street-picked fruit, or even fruit from the market, and come jam with us. Wash your fruit prior to arrival. Bring clean, empty jars if you have them and bring a friend or neighbor too! Working without recipes, we ask people to sit with others they do not already know and negotiate what kind of jam to make: if I have lemons and you have figs, we’d make lemon fig jam (with lavender).

This event will also celebrate the soon-to-be planted DEL AIRE PUBLIC FRUIT PARK. The first of its kind in all of California, it’s a planting of fruit trees in a communal fruit orchard.

PUBLIC FRUIT JAM! at Del Aire Park
PUBLIC FRUIT JAM! at Del Aire Park

The Public Fruit Jam harkens back to old-time community harvest festivals. The kinds of jam we make will improvise on the fruit that people provide. The fruit can be fresh or frozen. The artists of Fallen Fruit will bring public fruit picked from the streets of Los Angeles. We are looking for radical and experimental jams as well, like strawberry grapefruit or lemon pepper-and-lavender jelly. You’ll learn about the basics of jam and jelly making, pectin and bindings, as well as the communal power of shared fruit and the magic of public fruit.

Fallen Fruit is a collaboration of David Burns , Matias Viegener and Austin Young.

Del Aire Park

August 5th, 2012
12pm-3pm, Public Fruit Jam
12601South Isis Avenue
Hawthorne, CA 90251

Find Art – Chinatown, Honolulu- Public Fruit Jam


Art + Flea:

FIND ART festival t-shirt silk-screening with artist Carolyn Castaño, 1-4PM: Festival attendees can bring their own t-shirt or pick up one at the event ($5 for those who bring their own t-shirt, $10 for those who buy one at the event).

Public Fruit Jam by Fallen Fruit, noon-3PM: The artist collective invites the public to bring homegrown or street-picked fruit and collaborate with them in making collective fruit jams. Working without recipes, Fallen Fruit members ask people to sit with strangers and negotiate what kind of jam to make. For instance, “If I have lemons and you have figs, we’d make lemon-fig jam (with lavender).” Usually held in a gallery or museum, this event highlights the social and public nature of Fallen Fruit’s work. The artists consider it a collaboration with the public as well as a collaboration between participants.

10AM – 5PM
Art & Flea at Smith-Beretania Urban Park (All Ages) FREE



12PM-1PM DJ Mortadelah


1PM-2PM Tyler Martinez & Joshua Pascua


215PM-3PM Slapp Symphony


315PM-4PM Black Square


415PM-5PM Kings of Spade

Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Park: Interactive performance, Immigrate Imitate Prophet Profit, by Robert Reed (Honolulu, HI), from 3-5PM. Robert Reed is an MFA graduate from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. An installation and performance artist, he writes, produces, directs, costumes, stages, documents, constructs and performs his own material. His Find Art performance is inspired by his two decades of experience as an international flight attendant and his own reflections on the joys and horrors of capitalism’s excesses and deceptions. Festival attendees will encounter Reed as a fantastic giant parrot roaming Chinatown in his mobile cage. Drawing on irony and satire and using a light touch accessible to anyone, “Tourist Trap” encourages the public to consider notions of exploitation, confinement and a bit of the ridiculous.





Art exhibition, PUBLIC FRUIT WALLPAPER, Honolulu, Hawaii by Fallen Fruit.


Find art and “talk story” with gallery owner, Sandy Pohl, and friends. The Louis Pohl Gallery’s mission is to preserve the artwork of Louis Pohl (1915-1999) and his legacy; to promote Hawaii artists and art education programs; to raise the quality of life for individuals, families and communities to “live peacefully day by day; and to help individuals reach their full potential.


Art exhibition, Refuse, by Marika Emi (Honolulu, HI) and printmakers from Department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.


Free hair designs (aka hair tattoos or hair stencils) for kids under 12. Provided in partnership with frisør Oslo


Art exhibition and workshop, The Counterfeit Crochet Project (a critique of a political economy), by Stephanie Syjuco. The artist will hold a Counterfeit Crochet workshop from noon to 5PM. Participants can put their crochet skills into action and participate in this collaborative project that utilizes the tenacity and hands-on creativity of crafters to interpret and “translate” high fashion handbags into “homemade” versions. The workshop is free and open to the public. No previous crochet experience is required to participate; crochet materials will be provided.


Art exhibition, AMALGAMATE: FIND ART Juried Art Exhibition, featuring work by Hawaii artists.

THIRTYNINEHOTEL hosts two art exhibitions:

AMALGAMATE: FIND ART Juried Art Exhibition, featuring work by Hawaii artists

Forever Expanding Sunsets by Carolyn Castano and Chinatown youth.

NIKKI’S ARCADE: 7PM-12AM Site-specific video projection by Honolulu-based artist Vince Ricafort


Join Fallen Fruit at the Smart Museum in Chicago on Sat  May 5th for SYMPOSIUM: OF HOSPITALITY.  We’ll be digging deep into the questions of radical hospitality during the day and in the evening we’ll debut the latest vintages of Neighborhood Infusions, vodkas with the essence of various neighborhoods infused inside them.


Coleman Art Center-Gobble Gobble Cobbler

Gobble Gobble Cobbler

Please join us a the Coleman Center for the Arts (CCA) on Tuesday, April 3 at 6 PM for the event Gobble Gobble Cobbler with artists David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young of the Fallen Fruit Collective. Residents are invited to bring a their own fruit cobblers and reflect on their childhood memories of fruit. The event will inspire sayings to be inscribed on an edition of picnic tables that will be installed around York and the CCA.

Using fruit as a lens the Fallen Fruit Collective investigates urban space, ideas of neighborhood, and new forms of located citizenship and community. The collective aims to reconfigure the relation between those who have resources and those who do not, to examine the nature of and in the city, and to investigate new, shared forms of land use and property.

This program is made possible by funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Daniel Foundation of Alabama and the many contributions of our individual supporters. For more information please contact the Coleman Center for the Arts at 205-392-2005 or email

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!