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Del Aire Park

Del Aire Fruit Park

Artist:
Fallen Fruit
Date:
2012
Region:
South Bay
District:
Second
Location:
Del Aire Park
12601 South Isis Avenue
Hawthorne, CA 90251
Architect:
J.C. Chang & Associates
Department:
Parks & Recreation

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Project Description

The Del Aire Fruit Park is a ground-breaking civic art commission designed to provide the community with an urban orchard that will be sustained, nurtured and harvested by the public. 

Artist collective Fallen Fruit, through public engagement and a close collaboration with the Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and the Department of Parks and Recreation, planted the Del Aire Fruit Park. It is the first of its kind in California.

Fallen Fruit hosted a fruit tree adoption, a fruit jam-making event and a tree planting day at Del Aire Park to generate a sense of shared ownership and longterm stewardship of the civic art project among residents, local students and County staff. Over 200 people from throughout the area with ages ranging from five to 75 participated in the three events.

The fruit park includes an orchard with 27 fruit trees, ranging from peach to plum, 8 native grapevines and edible herbs — all of which will be harvested freely by the community. 

The factsheet for this project is available for download here

About the Artist

Using fruit as their lens, Fallen Fruit investigates urban space, ideas of neighborhood and new forms of located citizenship and community. They began with a mapping of the “public fruit” growing on or over public property in Los Angeles and other American cities and have grown to include video, photography, site-specific installations and participatory events in cities around the world.

By always working with fruit as a material or media, the catalogue of projects and works re-imagine public interactions with the margins of urban space, systems of community and narrative real-time experience. Public Fruit Jams invites a broad public to transform homegrown or public fruit and join in communal jam-making as experimentation in personal narrative and sublime collaboration; Nocturnal Fruit Forages, nighttime neighborhood fruit tours explores the boundaries of public and private space at the edge of darkness; Public Fruit Meditations renegotiates our relationship to ourselves through guided visualizations and dynamic group participation.

Fallen Fruit’s visual work includes an ongoing series of narrative photographs, wallpapers, everyday objects and video works that explore the social and political implications of our relationship to fruit and world around us. Recent curatorial projects re-index the social and historical complexities of museums and archives by re-installing permanent collections through syntactical relationships of fruit as subject matter.

Fallen Fruit is a collaboration of David Burns, Matias Viegener, and Austin Young.

For more information, please visit www.fallenfruit.org.