About the Endless Orchard

The Endless Orchard is the largest collaborative art project in the world. Anyone, anywhere can help expand the project by mapping fruit trees in public space or by planting more fruit trees for everyone to share.

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a fruit sharing app

This project invites the public to explore public space using fruit trees as local landmarks. Planted along sidewalks or fences, in parks and interstitial spaces, the fruit trees naturally become markers for walking trails. In many cities, these pathways of trees, or Urban Fruit Trails, connect neighborhoods. Signage can be placed at each fruit tree that explains it is part of a network of public fruit trees and that the fruit is for sharing with others.

“What if our cities become places that also grow natural resources for anyone to share?”

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Map, Plant and Share Fruit!

Fruit trees are generous and sweet. Fruit is a “gift” for everyone to share. Fruit trees give endlessly and ask for nothing in return. A fruit tree is a natural connector between people and place. Urban neighborhoods could be transformed with this symbolic generous resource. Fruit trees connect us to the environment, seasonal changes, our rural roots and culture. Fruit trees could bridge “disconnected communities,” bringing fresh fruit to food desert neighborhoods, while helping remove toxins from the soil. It is these places in our cities and neighborhoods that border the public and private where we have learned that we find connections to everyday people, generational knowledge and cultural legacy. These are the places that we find shifts in meaning, narratives of migration and gentrification, histories ready to be discovered and shared.

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Fruit trees live longer than most residents of a city

In fact, they can be productive and sustainable for more than 40 years. We want to position this project globally and engage community with the idea that generosity begets generosity. Everyone can participate regardless of age, class or gender. It is easy to expand the Endless Orchard by planting fruit trees adjacent to or on public space. We invite artists, activists, historians and engaged citizens to plant fruit trees in publicly accessible spaces and create more Urban Fruit Trails in more cities and expand the Endless Orchard. Ideally all of this enhanced in a future version with “Augmented Reality” as a way to guide people through neighborhoods, adding stories, images, videos, text and more. In a multi-user environment with prompts on how to engage the city using prompts and markers such as fruit trees, public spaces and community landmarks. The Endless Orchard will become a socially interfaced environment gathering information on the best ways to navigate and experience city streets and public spaces.

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Credits

The Endless Orchard is a project created by Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young)

Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration originally conceived in 2004 by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young. Since 2013, David and Austin have continued the collaborative work. more info on FallenFruit.org

Code Rodeo  (Kari Svendsboe, Zelda Lin, Jessica Westbrook, Linden Goh) has partnered to design and develop the Endless Orchard website and mobile app.

Code Rodeo is a web and app development, social media, and digital marketing agency based in Boyle Heights. Female owned and operated and with an ethnically diverse team, Code Rodeo works with partners across non-profit and the creative industries to bring to life projects that are socially aware and experientially delightful.

Major Donors:

Creative Capital: Fallen Fruit’s The Endless Orchard is a 2013 Creative Capital Grantee. Muriel Pollia Foundation: Fallen Fruit’s The Endless Orchard is a Foundation Awardee. Good Works Foundation 2016 Awesome Foundation 2016

Kickstarter Donors:

Lauren Bon, Arnie and Traci Pitts, Catherine Oppio

Matt Reitsma, Eddie V, D Kekone, Theresia Rosa Kleeman, Chad Colebank, Marne Mckimmey, Lucia Sanroman

The Good Luck Gallery, Cory Dieterich, Adolfo V. Nodal, Kim Hastreiter, Olivia Beren, Debbie Coleman, Vinh Do, Robin Kahn & Kirby Gookin, Steve, Kathie Foley-Meyer, Emily Marchand, Sasha Anawalt, Deborah & Jim Long, ,Kirk Vartan

C. Finley, Cheryl Petersen, Susan C Weber, Victoria Rogers, Alexandra Grant, John R. Spruill, Elliot Burke, Kenneth Hittel, Christine McKinnon, Xandra Eden, Kim Stringfellow, Darren Stein, Anne Porter, Elizabeth Roos, Tomi Hanson, Elizabeth Quinn, Holly Topping

Sherry Baker, Nancy Nowacek, Lois Keller, June Kryk, Gene, Anthony Quiambao, Dana Hemenway, Enrique Castrejon, Davis Birks, Joy Silverman, Ann Lamb, Gloria Gerace, Jennifer Moon, Stephen Berens, Matthew Curtain, Lorelei Pepi, Lisa Teasley, Eric Geron, Helene Ige, Jillian Lauren, Chris Sohns, Teresa Williamson Randolph, Lorraine Molina, Dana Duff, Viet Le, Kim Darling, Brent Zerger, Bruce Yonemoto, Michele Ainza, Elise Van Middelem

Partners:

21c Museum Hotel, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Bronx River Art Center, Caldera, CSULA (California State University Los Angeles), Chung King Road Association (Chinatown, Los Angeles), Code Rodeo, Concordia University, Creative Capital, Friends of Trees, Good Works Foundation, HOLA (Heart of Los Angeles), Kent Bellows Mentoring Program, l.a. Eyeworks, LACC (Los Angeles City College), LACC (Los Angeles Conservation Corps), Los Angeles State Historic Park, Louisville Grows, MRCA (Mountain Recreation Conservancy Agency), Park To Playa, Portland Fruit Tree Project, The Awesome Foundation, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Riverside Art Museum, The Los Angeles County Arts Commission, The Muriel Pollia Foundation, The Rauschenberg Foundation, OPC (Oficina de Proyectos Culturales), Open School North, Peninsula School, Portland Art Museum, Portland Fruit Tree Project, Root Pouch, Vallarta Botanical Gardens, The Wexner Center for the Arts Temple University, Pelican Bomb, A Studio in the Woods

Fallen Fruit is a project in partnership with the Pasadena Arts Council’s EMERGE Program.  You can give a tax-deductible donation to Fallen Fruit and  The Endless Orchard project HERE.