Public Fruit Parks in Columbus Ohio

Fallen Fruit’s Heirloom Trellis, 2017

Spring 2017, artists David Burns and Austin Young partnered with the Wexner Center and community organizations to create two public fruit parks in Columbus—Weinland Park Berry Patch (at East 11th Avenue and North 4th Street) and South Side Fruit Park (at South Washington and Reeb Avenues). The parks are a part of Fallen Fruit of Columbus: Block after Block, a suite of evolvinge South Side site-specific projects designed to provide area neighborhoods with a shared resource (fruit!) and spaces for collaboration. The parks were accompanied by an installation at the Wex that reflected the culture and history of these marginalized neighborhoods.

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The Monument to Sharing

Monument to Sharing
Public Artwork
Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young)

A grove of 32 orange trees in planters located near the Ann Street Entrance of Los Angeles State Historic Park. Each planter has a phrase from a neighbor in the surrounding community. The phrases become a poem. We gathered the phrases as we planted over 150 trees in the neighborhood surrounding the park.

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Fallen Fruit Issue #3: Utopia

Fallen Fruit Magazine
Public Participatory Project- ongoing
Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young)
Mccoll Center for Art and Innovation

In addition to providing the materials for their public participatory project, Fallen Fruit Magazine, which included cutouts of various fruit and fashion magazines, the artists asked participants while they worked to think about the theme of “Utopia” and current events, such as the Women’s March on the day after the 2017 presidential inauguration.

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Urban Fruit Trail, Omaha

Fallen Fruit: Urban Fruit Trails, Omaha
Fallen Fruit
David Burns and Austin Young
Urban Fruit Trails was organized in conjunction with the exhibition Fallen Fruit: Power of People, Power of Place. Curated by Nicole Caruth.

Urban Fruit Trails invites the public to explore urban space through a network of apple trees that form a series of walking trails. Planted along sidewalks and interstitial urban spaces, the pathway of the apple trees aims to connect Omaha neighborhoods from north to south. Bilingual signage (Spanish and English) placed at each tree reads: “These fruit trees belong to the public. They are for everyone, including you. Please take care of the fruit trees. When the fruit is ripe, taste it and share it with others. This apple tree is ripe in September/October.”

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The Practices of Every Day Lives

David Burns and Austin Young/Fallen Fruit, (American)

The Practices of Everyday Life, 2016

Site-specific installation for 21c at Proof On Main. 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.”

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Paradise – Portland Art Museum

Paradise- by Fallen Fruit

Fallen Fruit  (David Burns and Austin Young) OCT 24, 2015 – JAN 17, 2016

“…I was upon the summit of a tall mountain which commands a bewildering prospect of that loved valley… The birds of autumn caroled their soft melodies around, and the blushing flowret bent at the feet of the intruder… Away to the north was the smoke wreathing above the trees which clustered around the lone mission-house and I thought there was an altar to God, and incense from the bosom of the wilderness.”

Excerpt from A Sketch of the Oregon Territory, or Emigrant’s Guide, Philip L. Edwards, 1842.

By the 1850s, the rutted Oregon Trail ferried large numbers of settlers into the heart of the Willamette Valley. A steady diet of florid guidebooks promised a fecund new Eden where everything grew. Oregon came packaged as a vision of “paradise,” ripe with possibility and a symbol of Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny.

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A Day In Paradise


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.

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