Claremont mapped by art collective Fallen Fruit
There’s something special (and economical) about eating fruit warm off the tree. My son and I once ate the four best tasting oranges we’d ever eaten on our walk home from school one day, thanks to a friendly neighbor who gave us a couple of bags worth. In our neighborhood we have also found free bags of persimmons and loquats on front lawns. As I type, I’m sitting next to a bowl full of ripe plums from a friend’s tree in North Claremont. We have a ridiculous amount of food growing in our neighborhoods that our friends love to share. But what about the fruit falling off trees on public land? My son tried his first juicy fig off a tree that hangs over into the alley around the corner & I’d never buy a kumquat, but I eat them all the time off the trees on the college campuses.
This brings me to the topic of Fallen Fruit maps. Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration of David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young that has taken the confluence of fruit and public land to a new level. I saw their exhibition at LACMA last year, and have been following them on Facebook ever since.
“Using fruit as our lens, Fallen Fruit investigates urban space, ideas of neighborhood and new forms of located citizenship and community. From protests to proposals for new urban green spaces, we aim to reconfigure the relation between those who have resources and those who do not, to examine the nature of & in the city, and to investigate new, shared forms of land use and property. Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration that began with creating maps of public fruit: the fruit trees growing on or over public property in Los Angeles. “
Last year Fallen Fruit visited Claremont for a Public Fruit Jam at Scripps College. I’d love to have them back to create some Claremont infused alcohols. Stay tuned.
“Over time our projects have expanded from mapping public fruit to include Public Fruit Jams in which we invite the citizens to bring homegrown or public fruit and join in communal jam making; Nocturnal Fruit Forages, nighttime neighborhood fruit tours; Community Fruit Tree Plantings on the margins of private property and in community gardens; Public Fruit Park proposals in Hollywood, Los Feliz and downtown LA; and Neighborhood Infusions, taking the fruit found on one street and infusing it in alcohol to capture the spirit of the place. “
Here are the two fallen fruit maps that have been created for Claremont; one for the city and one for the colleges (click to enlarge). If you go picking, please remember the Fallen Fruit etiquette & don’t go picking off private property:
- take only what you need
- say “hi” to strangers
- share your food
- take a friend
- go by foot