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    LA Opens Public Fruit Park

    We love this idea and will work on seeing how we might emulate here in Baltimore. It took LA eight years to work this one through, so ours too will take time. But the idea is irresistable!

    Here is how the sponsoring organization, Fallen Fruit, describes it on their site:

    Through a commission by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art Program in collaboration with the Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and the County Department of Parks and Recreation, the Del Air Fruit Park is a ground-breaking civic art project designed to provide the community with an urban orchard that will be sustained, nurtured and harvested by the public. At the heart of Del Aire Public Fruit Park are 35 fruit trees and grape vines, centered in an eye-shaped planting of stone fruit trees with a split-rail fence that echoes old Californian orchards and ranches. As part of the public art project, the artists distributed over 60 trees to be planted by local neighbors. “We invited the neighborhood collaborators to consider planting these fruit trees on the edge of their property or adjacent to public space to extend the feeling of the Public Fruit Park and many people agreed,” explains David Burns. The intention of this artwork is that the Public Fruit Park moves out from its center and slowly comes to fill the entire neighborhood, creating a vision of sustainability. The neighborhood becomes a fruit park.

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