On Earth Day, April 22, Fallen Fruit—David Burns (Art BFA 93) and Austin Young—launches Endless Orchard, a global public artwork which aims to map fruit trees all over the world as part of a project of community, sustainability and food justice.
More from the press release:
Endless Orchard is a social mapping platform that exists simultaneously in the digital and real world. The Endless Orchard web app is free to use, designed and developed in partnership with Code Rodeo. Anyone, anywhere, can plant a fruit tree along publicly accessible margins of their property and map it on the Endless Orchard web app. With each new participant, the orchard grows larger and is shared with more people. Participants can share their backyard fruit and map trees that exist in public space in their neighborhoods, or trees can be planted in collaboration with cities in public spaces and parks. These street-side plantings delineate trails that connect neighborhoods including urban food deserts to create access to fresh fruit.
“Wouldn't it be amazing if you could just walk outside your door and grab an apple instead of going to the grocery store?” said Burns in the press release.
In addition to resources for finding public fruit trees, the website also offers information on how to start one's own public orchard, and how to file for permits from local governments to use public spaces for urban gardening.
Over the last four years, Fallen Fruit has planted fruit trees with local community groups, schools, and the general public in places as far away as Madrid and Puerto Vallarta, as well as Los Angeles, Riverside, Calif., Portland, Philadelphia, Louisville, Ky., and New York City.
Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration originally conceived in 2004 by David Allen Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young. Since 2013, Burns and Young have continued the collaborative work.
Endless Orchard Launch