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“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home”*…


As we prepare ourselves for pumpkin carving, we might pause to recall an era in which other fruits were ornamentally hewn.  As a 1905 issue of American Homes and Gardens magazine put it, “it is surprising what can be done with the conventional orange.”

More table decorating tips at “The Art of Ornamental Orange Peeling.”

* Twyla Tharp


As we sharpen our knives, we might pause to recall that it was on this date in 2008 that the “Sichuan Guangyuan citrus maggot event” went public; a huge portion of the region’s citrus (ornages and tangerines) were found to be afflicted by small maggot-like worms.  The episode is noteworthy as an relatively early example of the power of Chinese social media:  though the government did its best to support continued citrus sales by censoring any news media mention of the outbreak, BBS forums and SMS messages carried the news– sufficiently successfully (citrus sales in Beijing plummeted) that the official outlets had to relent and report the news, along with assurances that the government was responding…



Written by LW

October 21, 2015 at 1:01 am

Yes, we have no bananas…


Back in 2004, David Burns, Matias Viegener, and Austin Young coined the term ‘Public Fruit’ and began mapping fruit trees growing on or over public property in Los Angeles.  Their collaboration has expanded to include serialized public art projects and site-specific installations and happenings in cities around the world– always working with fruit as a material or medium.

Fallen Fruit’s visual work includes an ongoing series of narrative photographs, wallpapers, everyday objects and video works that explore the social and political implications of our relationship to fruit and world around us. Recent curatorial projects reindex the social and historical complexities of museums and archives by re-installing permanent collections through syntactical relationships of fruit as subject.

See the world through the lens of fruit at Fallen Fuit.  (And find your own palette at Falling Fruit‘s interactive map of urban fruit trees.)


As we ask ourselves if we dare to eat a peach, we might recall that it was on this date in 1887 that the Horlick brothers first sold “malted milk” to the public.  In 1873, James and William Horlick had formed a company to manufacture their own brand of infant food; ten years later, they earned a patent for a new formula enhanced with dried milk.  The company originally marketed its new product as “Diastoid”;  but, looking for a broader market, trademarked the name “malted milk” in 1887.  Just after the turn of the century, Horlick’s malted became popular as a provision for North and South Pole expeditions by Robert Peary, Roald Amundsen, Ejnar Mikkelsen, Ernest de Koven Leffingwell, and Robert Falcon Scott– and profited mightily from the attendant publicity.  Still, competition (Ovaltine, et al.) flooded into the market; eventually Horlick’s sold out to Beecham (now part of GlaxoSmithKline).

Polar explorer Ernest deKoven Leffingwell posing with crates of Horlick’s Malted Milk



Written by LW

July 6, 2013 at 1:01 am

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