Interdisciplinary artist duo, FALLEN FRUIT (David Burns & Austin Young) launch the largest public artwork in the world, ENDLESS ORCHARD. The ENDLESSORCHARD is a sustainable, edible, living artwork — fruit trees planted, cared for, and mapped by the public for everyone to share. Members of the public are invited to co-create ENDLESS ORCHARD by mapping existing public fruit trees or planting new ones in front of homes, schools, churches, or businesses. These fruit trees are planted along sidewalks and interstitial urban spaces, allowing us to explore and enjoy our cities in a new way. “The project is co-created by everyone who participates; together, we will make the largest and most generous collaborative public artwork in the world.” -Fallen Fruit.
A Monument To Sharing is an installation artwork composed of phrases culled from recorded conversations with surrounding community members that wrap around the bases of 32 orange trees in the Los Angeles State Historic Park. The oranges are for everyone to share and the phrases create a 32-line poem that becomes one voice describing what it means to be a great neighbor. Interviews were collected while planting publicly accessible fruit trees front of homes and businesses within walking distance of Los Angeles State Historic Park.
A Monument to Sharing is the trail-head for the world’s largest publicly shared edible artwork by Fallen Fruit, The Endless Orchard. Trees planted, mapped and cared and shared by everyone who participates.
Leading up to the opening, Fallen Fruit planted 150 fruit trees with the surrounding communities of William Meade housing, Solano Canyon, and Chinatown. The trees were adopted by neighbors, planted, and mapped in the front of houses for sharing – These trees along with fruit trees we have planted in other neighborhoods, cities and countries are mapped on Endlessorchard.com.
Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration originally conceived in 2004 by David Allen Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young. Since 2013, Burns and Young have continued the collaborative work. The Endless Orchard and Monument to Sharing are Fallen Fruit’s Creative Capital awarded projects.