Greenwash #9 in Trouble - Uncapitalised Fruit

Monday, March 1, 2010

Have you ever wondered why public parks (with few exceptions) are not filled with fruit and nut trees, vegetables and herbs? Or why schools don’t teach children about local ecology and Indigenous food plants? Well that would be sending the wrong message: That people could forage at their leisure for their own resources.
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The work just installed, 1999.

Zephyr practicing parkour on the library wall, 2010.

Giving a Fuji a light late-summer prune, 2010.

Showing Zeph the ropes for maintaining the poems, 2010.

This work also derives from childhood memories of walking home from school with my older brother, picking apples and plums on the 'nature strips' as we went.


Glen Dunn said...

Love this work.

Permapoesis said...

thanks gd, but i reckon the best thing about this post is zeph doing more wall work. when he was about 4 i was in the ian potter gallery with him and a friend (mf) and zeph, on seeing ricky swallow's darth vader head, launched himself on it before anyone cld stop him. in that one leap he made a greater cultural contribution than his dad has achieved in 20 years.

Tricia said...

Lovely idea! How wonderful to be able to walk through your neighbourhood and pick fruits and nuts.....and have communal picking and preserving days. ONe day...

Permapoesis said...

thanks tricia, we bottled fuji and jonathan apples today, along with nectarines, pears and rhubarb. we have started our winter fruit cellar and have about a dozen large jars preserved for the cold months. all this fruit has been gifted by neighbours and friends who have mature trees. our own yields are still quite small or non-existent, so we look forward to sharing this generosity when our trees have grown up. pj

Matt said...

Love the piece on uncapitalized fruit. There are definitely plum trees around here that I'm very thankful for.

Reminds me of an installation I did for a political poetry class where we put up signage on the oak trees around campus, giving them a "voice," giving them consciousness. They said things like "I'm afraid of dying"... simple, but effectively conveying very real emotions. I think I might have to do a repeat of that installation, as that was my freshmen year, and I'm just now about to graduate.

Thanks for the inspiration, and the visit to my own blog. I'll be keeping an eye on your work...

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