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Headlines: Fruit Trees, Caesar, Avocados

1) Art Collective Plants Free Fruit Around Los Angeles 

An image of fruit trees planted by Fallen Fruit in LA


The California arts collective Fallen Fruit has installed flowering fruit trees in parks throughout Los Angeles, as a form of public art. The fruit that is eventually produced by the trees is free to be picked by anyone passing by. Fallen Fruit have been planting fruit trees including avocados, figs, oranges, and lemons since 2004, as a way of attempting to encourage walkability in cities like Los Angeles, which are generally more conducive to driving.


2) The Rise of Truck Art

A photo of a decorated truck seen in Pakistan in 2017 

Here’s a profile of the phenomenon of “truck art,” a South Asian tradition that has recently been gaining recognition as a form of fine art, popping up in the form of miniaturized reproductions and other distillations in Western European and North American galleries. In countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan, truck art has more to do with aligning oneself with a particular location and displaying pride, though the resulting decorated vehicles certainly have abundant visual appeal.


3) Khadija Saye Missing After Grenfell Tower Fire

A photo of artist Khadija Saye speaking at the Venice Biennale


Wednesday’s Grenfell Tower fire, the latest in a string of tragedies to befall England, has potentially claimed an up-and-coming artist among its victims. Khadija Saye, a 24-year-old artist, lived on the 20th floor of the building and is still missing as of Thursday morning. Saye had work in this year’s Venice Biennale, and was being mentored by Nicola Green, a portrait artist and wife of Labour Party MP David Lammy, who called for arrests to be made in the aftermath of the blaze.


4) Politicized Production of Julius Caesar Ruffles Republican Feathers

A photo of Shakespeare in the park's political production of Julius Caesar


A recent production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar was a little too on-the-nose for certain American republicans. Rebecca Mead of the New Yorker’s defended the production, noting that while the political satire may have been played for laughs, the infamous scene of Caesar’s death was treated as dead serious.


5) Avocado Art on the Rise?


A screen capture of an Instagram post about Avocado art


We’re all familiar with latte art, but what about avocado art? The fruit has been in the spotlight lately, with rising avocado prices spurred by climate change, and most recently, comments made with regards to millennials and their avocado toast addiction. Avolattes (a traditional latte poured into a scooped-out avocado skin) were briefly trending, but these works  of avocado art are actually quite intricate. Time’s article showcases a few rather breathtaking images culled from Instagram.



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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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