When in 2019 Fallen Fruit, the Californian creative duo formed by Austin Young and David Burns, was called by CoopCulturea to create Spektro Completo/Iridescence at the Botanical Gardens of Palermo, no one would have ever imagined that it would become the first art bookshop in Italy .
Peter E. Pool Research Fellows: Fallen Fruit (2023-2024) a 20-year retrospective archive.
Fallen Fruit, composed of artists David Allen Burns and Austin Young. The fellowship was awarded specifically for the Center to collect a 20-year retrospective archive of the collaborative’s work. more info HERE
The purpose of the Peter E. Pool Research Fellowship is to encourage serious engagements with materials held in the Center for Art + Environment Archive Collections, as well as the art collections of the Nevada Museum of Art.
Fallen Fruit (2023-2024)The Fallen Fruit Collective, composed of artists David Allen Burns and Austin Young, was commissioned by the Museum in 2022 to create a large-scale public work of art entitled Monument to Sharing. This living installation is the first element of a multi-phased Museum expansion scheduled for completion in early 2025. Monument to Sharing involves planting approximately twenty-one fruit-bearing trees, a berry patch and a series of edible pollinators that the public is welcome to “harvest,” inviting guests to explore ideas of generosity, agricultural production and the meaning behind “community.” The project will be completed in 2030. The fellowship was awarded specifically for the Center to collect a 20-year retrospective archive of the collaborative’s work.
by David Allen Burns and Austin Young | Fallen Fruit
This photographic animated artwork projected on the iconic FAO building was inspired by a visit to an ancient temple and vineyard at an archeological site on Mt. Vesuvius near Somma Vesuviana. The hills of this region have been covered by vineyards since Roman times. Dionysus, pictured, is the god of winemaking, orchards, fruit, vegetation and fertility, and was patron saint of this land.
In this reconfigured artwork, the artists create a tribute to abundance, sustainability, the beauty of planet earth’s biodiversity (flowers and fruit) and the idea that from ancient to modern times, our humanity is a celebration.
About David Allen Burns and Austin Young | Fallen Fruit
Fallen Fruit investigates interstitial urban spaces, bodies of knowledge, and new forms of citizenship. From protests to proposals for utopian shared spaces, Fallen Fruit’s work aims to reconfigure the relationship of sharing and explore understandings of what is considered both public and private. From their work, the artists have learned that “fruit” is symbolic and that it can be many things; it’s a subject and an object at the same time it is aesthetic. Much of the work they create is linked to ideas of place and geographical knowledge, and it echoes a sense of connectedness with something very primal – our capacity to share the world with others. 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.
The Endless Orchard | By Fallen Fruit
The Endless Orchard is a project created by artist duo David Allen Burns and Austin Young of Fallen Fruit. “We are a contemporary artists duo. We make large scale art installations, public fruit parks, and plant fruit trees in public space for everyone to share. We invite you to experience your city as a fruitful place, to radically shift public participation and the function of urban spaces, and to explore the meaning of community through creating and sharing new and abundant resources like fruit trees.”
Fruit trees live longer than most residents of a city.In fact, they can be productive and sustainable for more than 40 years. The Endless Orchard wants to position this project globally and engage community with the idea that generosity begets generosity. Everyone can participate regardless of age, class or gender. It is easy to expand the Endless Orchard by planting fruit trees adjacent to or on public spaces. We invite artists, activists, historians and engaged citizens to plant fruit trees in publicly accessible spaces and create more Urban Fruit Trails in more cities and expand the Endless Orchard. Ideally, all of this will be enhanced in a future version with Augmented Reality as a way to guide people through neighborhoods, adding stories, images, videos, text and more. In a multi-user environment with prompts on how to engage the city using prompts and markers such as fruit trees, public spaces and community landmarks. The Endless Orchard will become a socially interfaced environment gathering information on the best ways to navigate and experience city streets and public spaces. Share fruit trees in your neighborhood!
“Fruit is a universal gift to humanity.”
About David Allen Burns
Born in Los Angeles, California, David Allen Burns completed a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and an MFA from UC Irvine. David grew up in a diverse middle-class community in West Los Angeles and helped out at family-owned businesses across Southern California. David’s work has always looked at contextualized relational knowledge and disrupting systems of meaning, especially exploring the limitations and boundaries about what could be considered “familiar.” Often work is created with non-precious materials, found objects and incorporates materials from the everyday to transform aesthetics and contextual framework that sublimates understanding about what we think we may already know — likened to a conceptual reconstruction of a tromp l’loiel instead of the copy of the visual representation.
About Austin Young
Austin Young is from Reno, Nevada and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. The foundation of his career is from studying at Parsons in Paris. Early in his career, Austin transferred his interests from traditional portrait painting towards a long-celebrated career in portrait photography. In many ways, Austin is more accurately described as an image-maker: his projects illustrate the sublime qualities of character that make celebrated people unique. Based on a nuanced visual language of pop-culture iconography, his trademark style and techniques have captured a broad palette of musicians, artists and celebrities including Debbie Harry, Leigh Bowery and Margaret Cho, among others. In multiple bodies of work, Austin confuses personality and identity issues in confrontational and unapologetic image making about people who often split gender roles, stereotypical constraints and socially-constructed identities.
Custom made fabric wall covering, carpet, and adapted found objects.
Our new artwork! The Way Out West, 2023, a multimedia installation, including custom wall covering, carpet runner, and found objects. This permanent artwork was created for 21C St Louis.
The Way Out West, 2023
David Allen Burns and Austin Young / Fallen Fruit
Created for 21c Museum Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, The Way Out West, is an immersive artwork installation for the historicpublic stairwell that connects the public spaces and art galleries. The artwork is sourced from hundreds of original photographs taken by the artists around the city at different times of year. The images are an index of the history of St. Louis including flowers and plants from the public parks, images from artifacts from historic collections, as well as drawings of birds and pollinators native to the region. The title of the artwork ‘The Way Out West’ invokes a message about how the history of the United States was built upon a proclamation of sovereignty and in our current moment of cultural evolution we find ourselves on a clandestine journey to redefine legal frameworks, complex legacies, civil rights, concepts of inclusion, political representations, and to harmonize the voices of all of the people.
Special thanks to Bellefontaine Cemetery, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Campbell House Museum, George B. Vashon Museum of African American History, The Griot Museum of Black History, Missouri Botanical Garden, National Building Arts Center, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Central Library, St. Louis City Parks, St. Louis Mercantile Library, and the people of St. Louis for inspiring this artwork.
LA-based collective Fallen Fruit envisions cities as communal gardens- by Daria Kravchuk, Stir World
“I think that with a great work of art, one of the things that is required for that artwork to have is the amount of power to create the space and accommodate not just one person or one way of thinking like the academic frame of art.” – David Burns
“I think an important part of what makes the work that we do resonate with people is that we are doing very tangible things, whether it is working with fruit trees, public space and parks. But then we also work on more formal gallery and museum projects that are extremely visual and intellectual. I think it’s a combination of these qualities that allows for success to take place. We enjoy play and participation. So when we make a work of art, we are not just making something to be put inside a picture frame and then put on the wall and allow it to be described by a text. That’s fine, but that’s not actually where our heart is.”
The latest version of Endless Orchard is being installed at Redlands University at the student run SURF program. The SURF program is the campus farm that is completely directed by student interest and at the property they grow organic food, fruits and vegetables. The fruit trees we planted are in an area that is accessible to the public.
With support from the Muriel Pollia Foundation, Fallen Fruit is able to install a public orchard and edible pollinator garden at the Redlands University farm property. Part of the campus at the University and also integrated into a working class neighborhood, this public orchard and edible garden is available year-round for harvesting organic herbs, edible flowers, California natives, and fruit! Everyone is able to harvest at any time! It is in the public right of way and University of Redlands is excited and 100% supportive of this collaborative project.
We have completed phase two of the project installing 13 fruit trees at the site this past May, 2023. We have planted apricots, plums, blackberries, apples, pomegranate, persimmon, peaches, cherries, and more. In Fall of 2023 we will add in an edible perennial California natives garden that will focus on indigenous culture and the history of California.
The project is also a companion to coursework for the University and was installed with students. It is part of the undergraduate series about California history and indigenous cultures.
We are so proud and excited to be a partner with University of Redlands and the student run farm for the campus.
Fallen Fruit, artists David Allen Burns and Austin Young, has been commissioned to create a large-scale public work of art entitled Monument to Sharing. This living installation is the first element of a multi-phased Museum expansion scheduled for completion in early 2025.
Monument to Sharing involves planting approximately twenty-one fruit-bearing trees, a berry patch and a series of edible pollinators that the public is welcome to “harvest,” inviting guests to explore ideas of generosity, agricultural production and the meaning behind “community.”
According to the artists, pieces of “fallen fruit” can connect us in interesting ways: “We believe everyone is a collaborator in making something special – even the stranger or passerby. We believe that ‘artwork’ has a ‘resonant effect.’ Fruit is a universal gift to humanity and fruit is always political.” Both interactive and collaborative, Monument to Sharing is a unique expression of local history—especially the region’s agricultural heritage. The artists encourage guests to gently pick the fruit they need, while leaving enough to share with others.
Fallen Fruit was originally conceived in 2004 by Matias Viegener, Burns and Young. Since 2013, Burns and Young have continued the collaborative work. The collective began creating interactive installations for a project in Los Angeles for which they created maps of what the artists called “public fruit,” or fruit trees that grew over public property. The artists use cartography and geography to create serialized and site-specific works that embrace public participation. These include photographic portraits, experimental documentary videos, public art installation, exhibition projects and a community-contributed magazine specific to the installation. Using fruit — and public spaces — as a method of exploring the familiar, the collective Fallen Fruit encourages all of us to change the way we see the world.
Other public fruit parks include The Endless Orchard, UB Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Weinland Park Berry Patch and South Side Fruit Park, Wexner Center, Columbus, OH; and Monument to Sharing, Los Angeles Historic Park. Los Angeles, CA. Installations include Paradise, Portland Art Museum, Portland. OR; CRAZY, Chiostro Del Bramante, Rome, Italy; Empire, Newcomb Art Museum, New Orleans, LA; Teatro del Sole (Theater of the Sun), Manifesta 12 Biennale, Polermo, Sicily, Italy; and Fruits from the Garden and Field, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England.
Roswitha Kima Smale, PhD
Julie and Michael Teel | Raley’s
Nancy and Alan Maiss
Pat and Marshall Postman
Artwork detail of ‘A portrait of Dionysus’ by Fallen Fruit, 2023
The Fondazione di Comunità San Gennaro– of which Feudi has been a founding partner since 2014 –is committed to surmounting problems linked to youth in disadvantaged urban areas through the enhancement of the historical-artistic heritage and human capital of one of Naples’ districts, Rione Sanità. As part of this commitment, since 2014 Feudi has involved well-known contemporary artists in the creation of site-specific works, reproduced on limited-edition labels, all the proceeds of which go towards funding the Foundation’s projects.