Fallen Fruit Public Picnic Tables, 2012
York, a small town in Alabama, struggles as businesses close, yet it has become a cultural hub for the county. Artists invited by York’s Coleman Center for the Arts closely collaborate with town residents to create socially engaged public art. Los Angeles–based Fallen Fruit uses fruit to connect and explore the importance of community. Quotes, gathered from residents who reflected on the town’s former pastoral abundance, the area’s lost fruit trees, and agricultural traditions, were engraved on 9 public picnic tables.
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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition By the People: Designing a Better America.