Accion Fruta Urbana / Urban Fruit Action Madrid, outdoor public installation, 2010
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Our Urban Fruit Actions differ from Fruit Tree Adoptions in being more hands-on.  They are direct, cooperative plantings of fruit trees in an urban neighborhood.  An ongoing project, they were first initiated in Tijuana, Mexico and Madrid, Spain.  Each Urban Fruit Action is site-specific, designed to address the neighborhood that it occupies, and intended to transform the function of the place.  The trees in Madrid were originally intended to be dispersed in public space in the neighborhood around the Matadero arts complex, but their planting was stopped by the city.  The trees found a home in Esta es una plaza, a communal garden in the neighborhood of Arganzuela: there they transform a former urban wasteland into a shared, multivalent space.