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Fallen Fruit of Columbus: Block after Block


Fallen Fruit of Columbus: Block after Block
Fallen Fruit time Lapse
Fallen Fruit of Columbus: Block after Block


Mar 18, 2017–May 7, 2017

See our lower lobby transformed by Fallen Fruit, a multidisciplinary collaborative project led by David Burns and Austin Young. Part of a suite of related works in Columbus, their site-specific installation in our lower lobby integrates custom wallpaper designs inspired by the botany of central Ohio, a selection of found photographs from library archives, and plates and frames sourced from local vintage and antique stores. Influenced by their research on Columbus’s neighborhoods and their enduring interest in private and public spaces, Fallen Fruit correlates rich histories embedded in our communities to the heritage and histories of domestic objects. The installation coincides with Fallen Fruit’s public fruit parks in Columbus’s Weinland Park and South Side neighborhoods.

Originally conceived in 2004 by artists 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, Burns and Young have continued the collaborative work, organizing site-specific installations and happenings in cities around the world. Fallen Fruit has exhibited internationally, including solo shows at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art.

Check out this time-lapse of our team installing pictures and custom wallpaper in the Wex lobby!

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 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.

PARKING UPDATE: Construction at 15th and High. For more information click here.

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