How’s this for a conundrum? Our supermarkets are seemingly ‘over’stocked yet people in other countries are starving; even millions of Americans are struggling with hunger on the daily! World hunger is one of those predicaments to be approached from all angles, with inspired approaches.
The work of three Silver Lake (Los Angeles) artists is challenging minds to open to the possibility of fruit for all to enjoy! Fallen Fruit is a fruit tree neighborhood mapping project, first created to answer the call of “grassroots modernism” for the Journal of Aesthetic Protest. I see this project guiding us to be abundant with our joy; fruit, a simple joy. How about share the fruits from each other’s labor? Especially if such delicacy will otherwise go to waste. What these urban foragers unearthed was a legal, sociable, and humanitarian effort for preserving food healthy enough to share. According to the law, when fruit falls onto public property, it’s fair game. With crews sometimes 90 strong, these ‘Fallen Fruit’ strangers had set out to collect (and often jam) this runoff of nature’s goodness. Believe it or not, Los Angeles has a rich and varied crop of produce year round, and fruit trees require average care to supply their sweet treats.
The juicy candy of nature’s Quik-E-Mart is not limited to our homeland. International communities are also jumping at the chance to collect public fruit. FruitCity in London, England is seen as both an expression of art (with expertly crafted extendable picking arm, picking backpack and mobile cider press), and a network of handy metropolitan fruit trees.
If there’s ever a question about what to do with excess found fruit, local food banks are a valuable option. Feeding America is a wonderful resource for locating donation centers in your area. Their Map of the Meal Gap is a digital, educational tool used to help citizens of the United States connect to the VERY REAL problem of many struggling for adequate amounts of food. Can creativity and resourcefulness supply food all? Every bite not taken and every portion not trashed is life for another individual.