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Fallen Fruit: Block After Block

Call for volunteers!

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Please note:

Due to inclement weather the South Side planting has been rescheduled to Sunday, April 30 from 10 AM - 3 PM.

The dedication will still be held on Saturday, April 29 at 2 PM at the Reeb Center, 280 East Reeb Ave. 43207.

 

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 evolvinge South Side 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 jpitman@wexarts.org.

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.

 

COMMUNITY COLLABORATORS

The City of Columbus

Community Housing Network

The Ohio State University Extension

Parsons Avenue Merchants Association

The Reeb-Hosack/Steelton Village Association

Wagenbrenner Development

Weinland Park Community Civic Association

 

SUPPORT FOR FALLEN FRUIT

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

United Way Neighborhood Partnership Grants

Buckeye Funder Donors

 

SUPPORT FOR FREE AND LOW-COST PROGRAMS

Huntington Bank

Cardinal Health Foundation

 

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER

Greater Columbus Arts Council

Ohio Arts Council

The Columbus Foundation

Nationwide Foundation

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Fallen Fruit: Block After Block