Friday, March 20, 2009

Thanks to my best friend Jenine for this link From: PUBLIC FRUIT PARK FALLENFRUIT is a collaboration of Dave Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young ARTIST'S STATEMENT Fallen Fruit is a collaborative art project which began as a whimsical mapping of our neighborhood public fruit: all the fruit trees we could find that grew on or over public property. When your neighbor's fruit tree hangs into your yard, that fruit is considered yours. But whose fruit is that on public property? We believe that fruit planted on private property which overhangs public space should be public property and created this project to encourage people both to harvest and plant public fruit. The project is a response to accelerating urbanization and the loss of people's capacity to produce their own foods, as well as issues around grassroots community activism, social welfare and social responsibility. From the original printed edition, we expanded into a website which posts local maps from the handmade to the high-tech, submitted by our neighbors. We have pictures of fruit and harvesting, including fruit pin-ups. Our ambition is to map the city, the whole state, and then the world. We have also begun to propose public fruit projects. These include further mapping, a campaign to encourage property owners to plant fruit, petitions to the city to plant streets and parking lots, and a proposal for a public fruit park. We think of Fallen Fruit as much as community activism as an art project. Our neighborhood is full of homeless people and uneaten fruit: why can't the two be connected? We're not interested in random theft. Our intention is to promote sharing and community-based thinking. We live in a world controlled by multinational corporations, in which we don't know our neighbors, with a media that manufactures social realities and ignores poverty and oppression. Our food arrives processed and pre-wrapped, and few of us know where it comes from. Our cities are full of wasted spaces and neglected resources. Fallen Fruit proposes that we be able to make more food with little effort and find ways to map it and networks for sharing it. The injunction to share food is as old as the Bible, which tells us that we should not harvest all our food for ourselves; the fallen fruit should always be left for those who have nothing. The Principles of Fallen Fruit: 1. Fruit on public property belongs to all of us. 2. Mapping it is a way to share with everyone, learning neighborhoods by foot, rather than by car. 3. Ask property owners to plant fruit trees for everyone. 4. Functional landscaping: ask cities to plant fruit trees in parks, parking lots, and on streets. 5. Open dialogue within neighborhoods about public spaces. 6. Think about who has fruit and other resources, and who does not.

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