Fallen Fruit

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Fallen Fruit
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Fallen Fruit, Elysian Park, 2005
Los Angeles, California, USA
NationalityUnited States
Known forContemporary Art
Notable work
Public Fruit Jams (2005–present), Neighborhood Infusions (2008–present), Fallen Fruit Factory (2013-present), Lemonade Stand (2013-present), Endless Orchard (2013-present), Urban Fruit Trail (2014-Present)
MovementSocial Practice
Awards2013 Creative Capital Grantee, Emerging Fields; 2013 Emerging Fields, Muriel Pollia Foundation Awardee, 2013 Atlas Award

Fallen Fruit is a Los Angeles based artists' collaboration composed of David Burns and Austin Young. The project was originally conceived in 2004 by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young. Since 2013, David and Austin have continued the collaborative work.

Using photography and video as well as performance and installation art, Fallen Fruit's work focuses on urban space, neighborhood, located citizenship and community and their relationship to fruit.[1]


Taking their name from the book of Leviticus (Lv 19:9-10), Fallen Fruit began in 2004 as a response to a call by The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest[2] for artists' projects that addressed social or political issues but did so in the form of proposing a solution rather than raising a critique. In 2008, as part of their participation in "The Gatherers" show at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the group embarked on a new long-term project called "The Colonial History of Fruit". Using a variety of media, this work examines both the objective or factual history of fruit – how the fruit we eat traveled through time and space to arrive in our daily life – and the subjective or anecdotal history: how and when an individual first tasted a fruit, or how a certain tree was tended by one family, or remembered by immigrants.[3]


Public Fruit Jam at Machine Project

Fallen Fruit strives to extend their collaboration into the public realm through projects that involve and engage with the public.

In 2013 Fallen Fruit created the Fruitique!, a collaborative, site-specific art installation, exhibition and retail space in conjunction with the Hammer Museum's Arts Re:STORE LA 2050 project.[4][5][6] The project combines curated and consigned art works that use fruit as the main thematic element into an installation that uses Fallen Fruit wallpaper patterns as a common ground. The space also currently serves as Fallen Fruit's headquarters.

Public fruit[edit]

Fallen Fruit expanded upon this in 2013 with the opening of Del Aire Fruit Park, California's first public fruit park.[7][8][9][10][11]

This was further expanded in 2014, with the start of Urban Fruit Trail, the pilot project for Endless Orchard, Fallen Fruit’s global-scale public art project, which will transform often under-served areas with a network of public walking trails lined by fruit trees. In total, 150 trees will be planted in the MacArthur Park/Westlake region of Los Angeles, in collaboration with Heart of Los Angeles (HoLA), an urban youth outreach group. Once mature, the trees will bear gratis, year-round produce including plums, peaches, pomegranates, persimmons, lemons, limes, oranges and kumquats.[12] 30 of the initial trees planted in Lafayette Park were destroyed by vandalism in July 2014, but they were quickly re-planted thanks to generous donations by the local community.[13][14][15][16]


Fallen Fruit has had solo exhibitions at the 21c Museum (Louisville Kentucky) (2016-2017), Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus,Ohio) (2016), Oficina Projectes Culturales (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico) (2014), Skirball Cultural Center (Los Angeles, CA) (2014), Portland Art Museum (2015-2016), Bemis (Omaha Nebraska)(2015) Atlanta Contemporary Art Museum (2013), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (2009),[17] Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2010),[18] the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (formerly Salt Lake Art Center) (2011), as well as in group shows around the United States, Athens, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Mexico, Norway, Austria, Australia, the Netherlands, Canada, and Colombia. The group collaborated with Islands of LA in the San Fernando Road Concert in 2008.[19]



  1. ^ "Fallen Fruit Biography". Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Fallen Fruit: A Mapping of Food Resources in Los Angeles". The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  3. ^ Zack, Jessica (5 November 2008). "Exploring the history of fruit". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  4. ^ Dambrot, Dambrot. "Arts ReSTORE L.A. and an Art-Based Economy". www.kcet.org. KCET. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  5. ^ Bender, Andrew. "Did Art Pop-ups Just Save This L.A. Neighborhood?". www.forbes.com. Forbes. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  6. ^ Wagley, Catherine. "Hammer Museum Turns Westwood Into Silver Lake (But Only For a Month)". www.laweekly.com. LA weekly. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  7. ^ Brown, Patricia Leigh (11 May 2013). "Tasty, and Subversive, Too". NY Times. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  8. ^ Jennings, Angel (6 January 2013). "Park's makeover includes fruit trees for all to enjoy". LA Times. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  9. ^ Driggs, Janet Owen. "Fallen Fruit and the 'Thin End of the Wedge'". KCET. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  10. ^ Chiao, Christine. "Fallen Fruit of Del Aire: L.A.'s First Public Fruit Orchard". LA Weekly. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  11. ^ Grossberg, Josh (4 January 2013). "Public fruit garden opens at Del Aire Park". Daily Breeze. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  12. ^ Bermudez, Esmeralda. "L.A. youths planting plum trees and more in Urban Fruit Trail project". www.latimes.com. LA Times. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  13. ^ Bermudez, Esmeralda. "Newly planted fruit trees in MacArthur Park uprooted". www.latimes.com. LA Times. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  14. ^ Suter, Lesley Bargar. "Langer's Deli Helps Save the Urban Fruit Trail". www.lamag.com. Los Angeles Magazine. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  15. ^ Cota-Robles, Marc. "Kids replant Wilshire fruit trees uprooted by vandals". abc7.com. abc news. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  16. ^ "Digging In At MacArthur Park: Kids Replant After Vandals Uproot Dozens Of Fruit Trees". losangeles.cbslocal.com. CBS LA. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  17. ^ "Fallen fruit: United Fruit". LACE. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  18. ^ "Fallen Fruit Presents EATLACMA". LACMA. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  19. ^ "San Fernando Road Concert Program". Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  • Artforum, Fallen Fruit of Atlanta
  • Biederman, Legier; "Fruit Metaphors, Objects, and Histories: The Work of Fallen Fruit" in Gulf Coast Journal of Literature and Fine Art (vol. 26, issue 2; Summer/Fall 2014)

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