Pelican Bomb, A Studio in the Woods, and Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University present a citywide public project with artists Fallen Fruit.
Pelican Bomb, A Studio in the Woods, and Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University present “Fallen Fruit of New Orleans,” a citywide suite of public projects with internationally acclaimed artists Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young). This multi-site presentation continues Fallen Fruit’s exploration of the ways people experience public space. As one component, Fallen Fruit are planting 300 fruit trees throughout New Orleans in 2018—in honor of the city’s tricentennial—for residents to share.
Fallen Fruit started in 2004 in Los Angeles with the creative mapping of locations of fruit growing on or over public property, and since then the artists have worked in over 30 cities around the world. In January, they are working in partnership with the City of New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways, the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development, and Movin’ for LIFE to plant networks of publicly accessible fruit trees in two New Orleans neighborhoods: along the Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle in the Lower 9th Ward and in Pontchartrain Park.
Residents and community groups in both neighborhoods can also participate by planting trees along sidewalks in front of their homes, churches, and businesses to provide a much needed resource—fresh, healthy food—to their friends, neighbors, and anybody passing by. And the artists will host a citywide tree adoption day, open to all, at Newcomb Art Museum on Tulane University’s campus. All of the planted fruit trees will join Fallen Fruit’s Endless Orchard, a massive, living public art and digital mapping project. Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration originally conceived by David Burns, Matias Viegener, and Austin Young. Since 2013, Burns and Young have continued the collaborative work. “Fallen Fruit of New Orleans” was initiated by Pelican Bomb in 2015.
Alongside the planting of 300 fruit trees in New Orleans, Fallen Fruit are working with local residents to create fun and enriching public participatory programs that celebrate New Orleans’ social histories, neighborhood stories, and the value of generosity and collective action. These include a pickle party where residents gather to make delicious pickles; a collectively made magazine; a sno-ball portrait studio; and more.
And in April, Fallen Fruit open “EMPIRE,” an immersive installation at Newcomb Art Museum bringing together objects from Tulane University’s special collections to further examine the ways the story of New Orleans is told.
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