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Fallen Fruit: Block After Block

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Fallen Fruit of Columbus, courtesy of the artists
Fallen Fruit of Columbus: Block after Block


Call for volunteers!


Dec 1, 2016–May 15, 2017

Los Angeles–based artists David Burns and Austin Young of the art collaborative Fallen Fruit will partner with the Wexner Center to create and install two public fruit parks in Columbus in spring 2017—one in Weinland Park, at East 11th Avenue and North 4th Street, and the other in South Columbus, at South Washington and Reeb Avenues. This effort is a part of Fallen Fruit of Columbus: Block after Block, an evolving installation of fruit trees designed to provide Columbus neighborhoods with a shared resource (fruit!) and a space for collaboration.

The fruit parks will be accompanied by an installation at the Wex, reflecting the rich history of Columbus and its neighborhoods.

To support the creation of these parks, we’re looking for volunteers to help plant, host, and care for the fruit trees. For more information or to get involved contact Jean Pitman at (614) 292-4614 or

Originally conceived in 2004 by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young, Fallen Fruit coined the term “public fruit” and began mapping fruit trees growing on or over public property in Los Angeles.  Since 2013, David and Austin have continued the collaborative work.

Fallen Fruit's projects in Columbus are produced in close collaboration with The City of Columbus, The Ohio State University Extension, Community Housing Network, Parsons Avenue Merchants Association, The Reeb-Hosack/Steelton Village Community Association, Wagenbrenner Properties, the Weinland Park Community Civic Association, and the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Funding provided by The Columbus Foundation, The Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, and Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.