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Fallen Fruit took root when CalArts professor Matias Viegener discovered an old city law declaring that all fruit growing on branches that overhang into public property is free for the taking, even if the trunk of that tree is in private domain. Along with two fellow professors, Austin Young and Dave Burns, Viegnener composed a manifesto calling for the picking and planting of public fruit trees. Naturally, art poured forth from the idea, including some outstanding photography and a digital mapping system to track the locations and ripening cycles of fruit trees in LA neighborhoods. The mapping caught on and community members joined in, planning late-night fruit harvesting walks and growing the radius of the mapped regions.

Clearly, the community aspect of this had no trouble taking off. Fallen Fruit mixed guerilla-style adventurousness and uber-cool art with a very real mission to tap into abundant and underutilized resources in their city. What’s been slower to take hold is the public service component?the systemic recognition of public food sources as a good idea. But new seeds are germinating…

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  1. Urban Wild December 30, 2005 at 2:25 pm

    Hi,

    In British Columbia people organize to harvest the trees inside the property line. If fruit tree owners don’t know how to manage the rewards, the fruit rots on the vine or is raked up like falling leaves and put in garbage bags. Here are some groups trying to stop that….

    Urban Fruit Tree Projects
    http://www.cityfarmer.org/fruittree.html

  2. SPC Van, US Army. December 11, 2005 at 3:24 pm

    LMAO! I love this.

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