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.
Fallen Fruit is back at the HOLA studio! This week they brought Fruit Factory to the class and also scouted the area to find new homes for fruit trees.
For the last workshop of the spring session, the musical group Fol Chen joined the project. Musicians Adam Goldman and Sinosa Loa led a song making workshop inspired by the newly planted fruit trees. Sinosa joined us via skype while working in Tanzania.
Here’s Sinosa Skyping with the class 4am Tanzania time.
Local artist, Sue-Na Gay, led the students in creating original album covers for the fruit tree songs.
Check out the songs here: https://soundcloud.com/fallen-fruit/sets/fruit-tree-automatic-songs
On May 18th, HOLA and Fallen Fruit were joined by volunteers from the Wilshire Boulevard Temple to help plant our first trees on the Urban Fruit Trail. 12 trees were planted at Lafayette Park and 10 trees were planted at the historic Bryson apartments. We thank our partners at LA City Rec and Parks and LA Housing Partnership for making this a possibility.
It was a beautiful day!