Join Fallen Fruit ( David Burns and Austin Young) and Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) at Levitt Pavilion, from 4:00-6:30pm.
We will make fruit inspired art with Fallen Fruit and celebrate the Urban Fruit Trails’ newly planted fruit trees in MacArthur Park!
Chef Marco Zapien
Bring a picnic blanket and stay for the Levitt Youth Talent night starting at 6:30pm.
This event is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, Council Member Gil Cedillo, Lakers Youth Foundation, Active Alliance and Melissa’s.
Check out these amazing photos from the MacArthur Park planting. It was a an amazing feat to get all 12 trees into the ground. We could not have done it without the help of so many dedicated volunteers.
Volunteers from Burberry came out to help the HOLA youth.
David and Austin working hard to loosen the soil.
Our Executive Director, Tony Brown, lending a hand.
Over half a dozen news stations showed up to share the story.
A special thank you to Norm Langer for providing lunch for all the volunteers.
Thank you to the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and Margot Jacobs from Mia Lehrer + Associates for helping us prepare for the planting. It takes a village to plant a tree.
Los Angeles gang reduction program, Aztec Rising, helped replant the damaged trees in LaFayette Park. They are excited to have access to fresh fruit in the coming year.
Check out these news stories about the planting:
On Tuesday morning, July 8th, HOLA staff discovered that close to 30 fruit trees had been snapped in half or ripped out of the ground. The HOLA youth and community are devastated. We have no idea who would do such a thing but are looking forward to replanting the damaged trees.
"It’s a big public art piece inviting people to enjoy this city, come out and meet your neighbors and eat more fruit." - Austin Young, Fallen Fruit co-founder
Fol Chen returned to the HOLA Art Studio to record a new version of the classic song “MacArthur Park”. The class first listened to the Donna Summer version and then chose their favorite lines and beats to recreate. While students were rehearsing and recording with Fol Chen, the rest of the class worked on designing original record cover art inspired by Donna Summer. The class ended with the planting of a plum tree in LaFayette Park.
Fallen Fruit brought a variety of fruits to the class this week to make collective fruit jams. Working without recipes, we they asked the students to sit with their classmates and create their own flavors. Each jam is a social experiment. The students made 6 jars of jam and traded with other participants, as well as gifting them to the extended HOLA community.
Austin Young took Fruit Machine portraits and interviewed the students while the class finished their jams.