In exchange for a cold glass of lemonade, participants will be asked to create self-portraits using black ink markers on lemons and to share stories of sadness and disappointment, or happiness and positive self-reflection.
Del Aire Public Fruit Park, public art installation, 2012
Working with residents of the Del Aire neighborhood in Hawthorne, California, this public fruit park attempts to transform the entire community. While focused on a single “eye” with 12 fruit trees, it is surrounded by 24 other fruit trees scattered throughout the park, and 48 trees adopted by residents and planted on the periphery of private and public property throughout the neighborhood. Commission from the Los Angeles County Department of Cultural Affairs.
New York Times article “Tasty, and Subversive, Too” by PATRICIA LEIGH BROWNHERE
Instructions (read Carefully)
Hold the banana.
Close Your eyes.
As you connect with the banana allow a question,
a childhood memory, personal story, dream,
feeling, wish or request to come to mind.
Take a deep breath and press record.
Banana Hotline will translate our voices
into a living monument of sound.
ps. If you ask the banana a question,
your answer will come by morning.
Be prepared with pen and paper
and share your answers.
send us a link to your sound or video files or mail to email@example.com
Read about our project at TED Active 2013
Public Fruit Maps, dimensions variable, 2004 – ongoing
One of Fallen Fruit’s core projects is to map neighborhoods to which we are invited, mapping all the fruit trees that grow in or over public space. Only pick fruit that is on public space unless you have permission from the property owner. You can find all of our map on the Endless Orchard. If you want to contribute to our online maps- email us! The maps are hand-drawn and distributed free from copyright as jpgs and PDFs. They are regularly reproduced in the media and have been exhibited in museums and gallery exhibitions internationally. The dimensions of the maps are variable and range from 8″ x 10″ to 40″ x 60″. This is an ongoing and ever-expanding project.
NOTE: These maps are for entertainment purposes only. Never trespass or take fruit from private property. Only pick fruit that is clearly in public space- for example hanging over the sidewalk or in the parkway. If you are not sure, ask. Also if you are happy to help us with providing a map, then please make sure that it is your own work. We do not want to deal with someone like this trademark attorney Denver has to offer. Unless you have their permission of course. This is all for a bit of fun and just makes apple picking a lot easier. We look forward to having you onboard!
Public Fruit Tree Adoptions, public participatory project, 2007 – ongoing
Working with a variety of donors or organizations like TreePeople and civic groups, Fallen Fruit distributes free bare-root fruit trees in a variety of urban settings. We encourage the planting of these trees in either public space or on the periphery of private property, in order to create new kinds of communal life based on generosity and sharing. Each recipient signs an adoption form promising to care for the tree — initiating a relationship with it.
Fruit Machine, video, variable configuration, 2009 – ongoing
Fruit Machine is an ongoing project of ours in which we videotape teenagers (age 12 to 17) eating a variety of fruits. From apples to oranges, to bananas and pears. It is a study in how we actually eat fruit, the portraits range from graceful to awkward and comical, as the teenagers navigate what they quickly come to realize is a not-so-simple task. Eating gracefully is not something that comes naturally and in some cases is impossible without the use of plates and utensils. The teenagers have shown a lot of fun and creativity in the photographs, some even thought to bite the peel rather than pick at it!
The presentation of this project of course was heavily inspired by slot machines (like those a trusted slot agent malaysia has to offer would know plenty about) or fruit machines as they’re often called because of their penchant to use fruit symbols. Three matching fruits in a horizontal row means a payout for the lucky player to get them. Slot machines are found everywhere in our lives, from the corner of the local pub to online sites such as mega888, featuring vivid colours and bright lights, which you will find in the composition of our photographs.
The videos are screened in configurations of 3 to 5 in a row in order to resemble a slot machine (whose windows often use fruit as symbols). Each video portrait runs for about 30 seconds then spins to another, in hopes that all the windows will align to the same fruit: the jackpot!
solo exhibition, 2010
Drawing on the museum’s permanent collection, The Fruit of LACMA assembled work in several media (painting, photography, and decorative arts) to examine the haunting persistence of fruit in art. This exhibition examines the symbolic and sociological aspects of fruit in art, from religious symbolism to embedded social messages. Drawing on the museum’s permanent collection, The Fruit of LACMA assembled work in several media (painting, photography, and decorative arts) to examine the haunting persistence of fruit in art. This exhibition examines the symbolic and sociological aspects of fruit in art, from religious symbolism to embedded social messages. It includes a LACMA-commissioned piece from Fallen Fruit, as well as custom-designed wallpaper. The website for EATLACMA was participatory and integrated into the overall project, collecting videos, tweets, artist’s blogs and images. It includes a LACMA-commissioned piece from Fallen Fruit, as well as custom-designed wallpaper. The website for EATLACMA was participatory and integrated into the overall project, collecting videos, tweets, artist’s blogs and images.
American Family, giclee print, 40” x 60”, 2008
A large format, composited digital photograph re-staging Gericault’s Raft of the Medusa as an inquiry on the state of the American family, especially in regard to the food they eat – reflecting issues brought up by writers such as Michael Pollan in The Omnivore’s Dilemma. The image has four characters standing in for the figures in Gericault’s painting, looking towards the horizon for rescue. In Gericault they have their backs to the viewer; here the parents and the children look past the viewer for hope and perhaps rescue from an unknown agent, perhaps the government, the world, or the spectator.
Public Fruit Wallpaper Salt Lake City, dimensions variable, 2011
Created for the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, this wallpaper depicts apple blossoms and budding apples against a Utah-sky blue backdrop. Everything in the image was collected over two days in Salt Lake City and the apple was chosen because of its place in the history of North American westward colonization.
Public Fruit Wallpaper Los Angeles, dimensions variable, 2010
A wallpaper consisting of all the public fruit found in our neighborhood of Silver Lake in Los Angeles on a single day in March, arranged in a traditional lattice-and-medallion pattern against a gradient sky. Because of the season, all of it is citrus, and it includes fallen fruit found in the gutter, some of it split, rotting, or with insects. Commission for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.