Fallen Fruit and HOLA Create Urban Fruit Trails
Heart of Los Angeles and Fallen Fruit are collaborating to create Los Angeles' very first Urban Fruit Trail. The Urban Fruit Trail will transform the MacArthur Park neighborhood with over 150-fruit trees, combining both public and private planting opportunities. Once planted, the trees will be sustained, nurtured and harvested by the public. During the project, funded by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, HOLA students will research where the trees can be planted, plant them, and then map their locations. During weekly workshops with Fallen Fruit, HOLA’s young artists are creating site-specific artworks based on the places, people, cultures, and trees they discover along the Trail; and their actions and artworks will be documented and geo-tagged in a free downloadable app. The first 27 trees were recently planted in LaFayette Park and around the Bryson Apartment Building.
The MacArthur Park Urban Fruit Trail will initiate a walk-able network of Urban Fruit Trails in Los Angeles, and it is also the pilot for Endless Orchard: Fallen Fruit’s groundbreaking global-scale public art project, which will provide often-overlooked urban communities with public walking trails lined by fruit trees. Thank you to the many partners involved in the project, including Los Angeles City Council Member Gil Cedillo, Los Angeles Housing Partnership, City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, Levitt Pavillion LA, LA City Gang Reduction and Youth Development, Rediscover MacArthur Park Alliance, Los Angeles County Arts Commission and California State Parks.
HOLA's Visual Arts Department is documenting the progress of the project on their Public Art Blog. Click here to stay up to date and click here to read an article recently published on KCET's Artbound.