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Fallen Fruit: Block After Block

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Fallen Fruit of Columbus: Block after Block

Call for volunteers!

Sat, Apr 29, 2017 10 AM
Apr 29, 2017

This spring, artists David Burns and Austin Young will partner with the Wexner Center and community organizations to create two public fruit parks in Columbus—Weinland Park Berry Patch (at East 11th Avenue and North 4th Street) and South Side Fruit Park (at South Washington and Reeb Avenues). The parks are a part of Fallen Fruit of Columbus: Block after Block, a suite of evolving site-specific projects designed to provide area neighborhoods with a shared resource (fruit!) and spaces for collaboration. The parks will be accompanied by an installation at the Wex that reflects our city’s rich history.

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

To support the creation of these parks, we’re looking for volunteers to help plant, host, and care for the fruit trees. The planting for the Weinland Park Berry Patch is scheduled for April 23, and the planting for the South Side Fruit Park is scheduled for April 29.

For more information or to get involved contact Jean Pitman at (614) 292-4614 or

Weinland Park Berry Patch


South Side Fruit Park


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

Funding is provided by Big Lots Foundation, the City of Columbus, The Columbus Foundation, Oakland Nurseries, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, Puffin Foundation West, Ltd., Scotts Miracle-Gro,  the Shackelford Family Foundation, and the Neighborhood Partnership Grants (NPG) program, a collaborative sponsorship of The Columbus Foundation, United Way of Central Ohio, the City of Columbus, and PNC.

Special thanks to the 70 donors who supported this project through Ohio State’s Buckeye Funder crowdfunding platform.