HUERTO SIN FIN / THE ENDLESS ORCHARD
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.
FRUTA PARA TODOS!
Naranjas! Limones! Mandarinas! Papayas!
Guanabanas! MANGOS! Aguacates! SAPOTES
COMPARTA FRUTA CON SUS VECINOS.
CON SU COMUNIDAD
CON LOS SUYOS
CON LOS OTROS
CON LAS OTRAS
HAGAMOS UN HUERTO INFINITO!
FRUTA PARA TODOS!
FRUTA PARA LOS SUYOS
FRUTA PARA OTROS
FRUTA PARA OTRAS
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!