Works by Debra Scacco explore the notion of place. Her LA River works explore the unique history of the river, and the role it has played in shaping modern-day Los Angeles. Each work in the Origins series holds a line drawing of a previous river course at its core. With each line emanating out from the last, the hand-engraved mirrored face of the works traces the radical difference in current a single line will make. The concrete body of the work echoes the physical structure of the channelized river itself. The two pieces on display at LASHP depict river maps from 1815 and 1825.
Debra Scacco received a BA in Studio Art from Richmond University, London, in 1998. She has exhibited extensively both in America and internationally, including solo exhibitions with Klowden Mann and Marine Contemporary in Los Angeles, and group exhibitions at Charlie James Gallery (Los Angeles), Patrick Heide Contemporary Art (London), and Royal Academy of Arts (London). Scacco’s work has been written about and featured in the Los Angeles Times, New American Paintings, and Art in America. In 2012 she was the first Artist-in-Residence at the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Museum. After residing in London for 16 years, Scacco relocated to Los Angeles in 2012. She is represented by Klowden Mann (Los Angeles).
Interdisciplinary artist duo, FALLEN FRUIT (David Burns & Austin Young) launch the largest public artwork in the world, ENDLESS ORCHARD. The ENDLESS ORCHARD 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’s citrus trees at LASHP. It is part of the Endless Orchard