Acción Fruta Urbana / Urban Fruit Action Madrid, outdoor public installation, 2010
Urban Fruit Actions are direct, cooperative plantings of fruit trees in an urban neighborhood. The first two were in Tijuana, Mexico and Madrid, Spain. Each project is site-specific, designed to address the neighborhood that it occupies, and intended to transform the function of the place. The trees in Madrid were originally intended to be dispersed in public space in the neighborhood around the Matadero arts complex, but their planting was stopped by city politics. The trees found a home in Esta es una plaza, a communal garden in the neighborhood of Arganzuela where they transformed a former urban wasteland into a shared, multivalent public space.
Made during a residency at Intermediae in the Matadero Arts Complex as part of ARCO 2010.