Fallen FruitTheatre of the Sun (2018), mixed media installation
Section: Garden of Flows

Fallen Fruit is part of Manifesta 12, the twelfth edition of the European nomadic biennial, taking place in Palermo from 16 June until 4 November.  The Fallen Fruit art installation (Teatro del Sole- by Fallen Fruit, David Allen Burns and Austin Young, 2018 installation) will be at the magnificent Palazzo Butera of Palermo, located in the historical Kalsa district.


Fruit, like culture, moves around the world with territorial expansion, transnational trade, and human migration. Seeds are carried by the winds, in the linings of clothing, or in cargo, inadvertently. Fruit is not only natural, it is also a cultural object, even ‘political’. This is especially evident in the port city of Palermo.

The Planetary Garden. Cultivating Coexistence is curated by By Manifesta 12 Creative Mediators: Bregtje van der Haak, Andrés Jaque, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Mirjam Varadinis. Manifesta 12 Palermo consists of more than 40 newly commissioned projects, public interventions, and performances held in various venues spread around Palermo’s neighbourhoods. Manifesta 12 Tickets allow visitors to discover ground-breaking projects inspired by the Manifesta 12 Palermo curatorial concept The Planetary Garden.Cultivating Co-existence, many of which are visible in public spaces and no ticket is needed.


Theatre of the Sun, on view at Palazzo Butera, is composed of an immersive art installation of wallpaper and maps of fruit trees growing in the city, providing abundant edible fruits to all. The Public Fruit Map of Palermo indicates the location of hundreds of fruit trees in public and private spaces that are often overlooked and ignored. The maps are available for free use, as the fruit trees become a shared resource. The Palermo Public Fruit Map is part of the Endless Orchard, and expanding global resource, mapping edible fruits in public spaces in cities around the world. The artwork articulates a contemporary point of view about transient and ancient public spaces, which continue to preserve local history and persist in recreating themselves anew.

We mapped the fruit available for everyone to share in Palermo and maps are available at Butera or online at the Endlessorchard.com/palermo