"Public Fruit Theater, Los Angeles, 2010," An Outdoor Installation at LACMA Until JUNE 30th, 2011




New collaboration between Fallen Fruit and La Loma Development creates a monument to the history of fruit trees in Los Angeles

(Los Angeles, January 15, 2011) The “Public Fruit Theater” is a garden which features an amphitheater in the round constructed of reclaimed concrete sidewalks curving around a single citrus tree. Located on the corner of Fairfax Ave and W 6th St on the campus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the piece comments upon the neighborhood’s history as a one-time site of extensive citrus groves.  It is also a meditation on today’s prevalence of concrete and the lack of publically accessible or shared fruit trees.  It is a nostalgic monument to the orange trees that covered much of Southern California's landscape for decades and were an integral part of our economy, agricultural history, and identity.

As the last part of Fallen Fruit’s year-long residency at LACMA, the installation is a collaboration between the artists (David Burns, Matias Viegener, Austin Young) and La Loma Development (Marco Barrantes, Michelle Matthews).  Bringing into focus our precarious and often domineering relationship to nature, the dry-stacked broken concrete is a reminder that the streets and sidewalks of our neighborhoods cover what were once orchards. La Loma Development often designs with broken concrete. “Recycled concrete is perhaps the most local, sustainable, renewable resource at our disposal,” says Marco Barrantes, though instead it often collects in landfill or piles up at recycling facilities. Instead, La Loma used different forms of recycled concrete for the retaining wall, the base, and for the drainage gravel.
Rather than looking at fruit trees as simply a source of food, Public Fruit Theater highlights the tree as a durational performance. Viewers complete the story through observation, witnessing the tree’s leafing out, blooming, and ripening of its fruit.  Fruit trees that exist in public space present us with a question of ownership. Whose fruit is this, and who is the public? People usually think of fruit and trees as static, but to the artists they are a kind of durational performance, one that unfolds over time according to the logic of the seasons: growth, dormancy, fruiting and ripening.  The collaborators wanted to give the public a way to relate to this cycle over time.

About La Loma Development
La Loma is a design-build firm based in Pasadena, California, a general engineering and landscape contractor who works with schools, parks, and residents to create beautiful and sustainable environments.  They are known for their many terraced hillside projects, with walls built of recycled broken concrete and planted with vineyards, orchards, herb and veggie gardens, natives and succulents. They also implement water conserving irrigation, greywater, rainwater, and natural pools.  It is their goal that every person enjoys access to nurturing habitats and food forests in the urban landscape. Founded by Marco Barrantes, a former Parks Commissioner who studied ecology, landscape architecture, and city planning at UC Berkeley, the company started with his experience in permaculture, and has grown into a holistic, full-service contractor that provides services ranging from fine gardening, consultation, design, and construction. Michelle Matthews left her position as Senior Designer at MOCA in 2008 to join La Loma, bringing her portfolio of skills in fine arts, photography, and graphic design to the company. For more information visit lalomadevelopment.com

About Fallen Fruit
Founded in 2004 as collaboration between artists David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young, Fallen Fruit investigates urban space, ideas of neighborhood, and new forms of located citizenship. All of their projects touch upon fruit in some manner, using it to talk about reciprocal relationships, social rituals, sustainability and the intersection of private and public property. Their work includes an ongoing series of narrative photographs, videos, public events or collaborative performances, public-service posters for bus shelters, as well as interactive installations, temporary spaces and murals.  They have exhibited or shown work at LACMA, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Machine Project, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Ars Electronica, ARCO-Madrid, as well as in Colombia, the Netherlands, Denmark and Mexico. For more information, visit fallenfruit.org

“Public Fruit Theater, Los Angeles, 2010”
By Fallen Fruit (David Burns, Matias Viegener, Austin Young) in collaboration with La Loma Development (Marco Barrantes, Michelle Matthews).
November 7th 2010 – June 30th 2011, daylight hours.
Corner of S. Fairfax Avenue and W. 6th Street, Los Angeles CA 90036
At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

For More information contact: Marco Barrantes or Michelle Matthews (626) 421-6185