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Fallen Fruit and the 'Thin End of the Wedge'

Artbound's editorial team has reviewed and rated the most compelling weekly articles. After putting two articles up for a vote, the audience chose this article to be made into a short-format documentary.

Fallen Fruit began in 2004 as an effort to couple urban waste and urban need, and in part the result of a desire "to be in a fantastical California resembling the Garden of Eden," The first Fallen Fruit project mapped all of the fruit available to pick from the public rights-of-way in Silver Lake, home to all three collaborators, David Burns, Matias Viegener, and Austin Young. Shortly thereafter the group began making self-described propaganda materials about "public fruit", hosting ever-popular jam-making sessions, distributing trees for planting, and conducting nocturnal public fruit tours.

Their Del Aire Fruit Park civic art project is "an urban orchard that will be sustained, nurtured and harvested by the public." It is also, as Fallen Fruit's striking poster states: The First Public Fruit Park In California.

Fallen Fruit's David Burns lays out their manifesto: "I want Fallen Fruit to change the law in the State of California, so that...no one in the future can go hungry."

 

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