Mapping Public Fruit
Founded on the belief that fruit should be a commonly shared resource, art project Fallen Fruit began with the idea to map all the fruit trees growing on or over public property in Los Angeles and other American cities (see maps here). But since that time, the project — created by David Burns, Matias Viegener, and Austin Young — has expanded beyond its initial scope to include planning fruit parks in areas that lack such natural resources, and other multidisciplinary initiatives.
For example, back in 2006, the group participated in Civic Matters, a two-week residency project at Los Angeles Contemporary Museums (LACE). The residency resulted in what the group called a ‘nocturnal fruit forage’ and a ‘shopping cart tour’ of downtown LA — where discarded fabric from the garment district was gathered to create visual art (view here).
As the locally grown food movement continues to rise in popularity, this type of mapping project — which is still at the core of what Fallen Fruit does — seems more relevant than ever. For example, the Huffington Post recently engaged in a similar type of mapping project, identifying the 10 best cities for local food.