Los Angelitos de Nuestra Señora del Jardin

Los Angelitos de Nuestra Señora del Jardin a New Art Installation by David Allen Burns and Austin Young of Fallen Fruit at Nuestra Señora del Jardín Capilla (Our Lady of the Garden Chapel) Vallarta Botanical Garden

Inauguration Tuesday, November 2, 2021 Noche de Los Muertos


The Vallarta Botanical Garden (VBG) is pleased to announce an immersive art installation created by David Allen Burns and Austin Young of Fallen Fruit specifically for the Our Lady of the Garden Chapel at the VBG. The artwork will be inaugurated during the Noche de Los Muertos festivities at the Garden on Tuesday, November 2nd. Proceeds generated from the evening will be utilized for the renewal of the Garden Chapel.

This magnificent and evocative art installation will be a permanent intervention inside the Garden Chapel and is composed of wall coverings in an asynchronous repeat pattern created from hundreds of original photographs of the gardens that the artists took at different times of the year, as well as historic watercolors and lithographs by Mexican botanist Rafael Montes de Oca and British ornithologist John Gould. Flora and fauna combine with orchids and hummingbirds intermingling with seasonal favorites from the botanical collection. These indigenous hummingbirds are at risk from the environmental crisis. The installation is unified with a gradient background of merging color fields moving through the visual spectrum.

Fallen Fruit first exhibited their work in Puerto Vallarta at Oficina de Proyectos Culturales (OPC) in 2015 with the exhibition titled “Estas Como Mango.” From their work, the artists have learned that “fruit” is symbolic and that it can be many things; it’s a subject and an object at the same time it is aesthetic. Much of the work they create is linked to ideas of place and generational knowledge, and it echoes a sense of connectedness with something very primal – our capacity to share the world with others.

With this project, Los Angelitos de Nuestra Señora del Jardín, the artists investigate the nuances of aesthetics. “We are curious about meaning and memory. About how familiar objects move around the world. About how the origin story, the cultural politics, the geographical histories of something can become displaced and often are replaced by superficiality or aesthetics. In the 21st century, we wonder, what is it that makes something beautiful? or sublime? Is it possible to reframe these qualities and meanings that shift through time and space? And will beauty persist?”

Fallen Fruit (artist duo David Allen Burns and Austin Young) is a collaborative art project that began in Los Angeles with creating maps of public fruit: the fruit trees growing on or over public property. Their work explores participatory art practice, reflecting upon a broader, global environmental movement involving contemporary art and public spaces. Fallen Fruit uses geography and history as indexical tools to create serialized and site-specific works of art that often embrace public participation. The work of Fallen Fruit includes public art projects (Public Fruit Jam, Lemonade Stand, Fallen Fruit Magazine), site specific commissions (Monument to Sharing, Stoneview Nature Center, Theater of The Sun), and museum art installations (NGV Triennial, V&A Museum’s “ FOOD: Bigger Than the Plate,” Empire, The Practices of Everyday Life, EatLACMA). The artists wish to thank Robert Price and the Vallarta Botanical Garden for their generous support of the project.

Vallarta Botanical Garden is a 64-acre highland mountain splendor, just 30 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta, and is considered Mexico´s foremost botanical garden for the propagation, study, discovery, conservation, and display of Mexican native plants for the enjoyment of local residents and visitors. Hundreds of native tropical plants such as orchids, anthuriums, agaves as well as colorful flowering trees are to be found on meandering jungle pathways.

Noche de Los Muertos is a party to celebrate the members of the Vallarta Botanical Garden. The program for the evening includes the inauguration of Los Angelitos de Nuestra Señora del Jardín, a prehispanic dance show, a day of the dead altar, and open bar with dinner. Copa de Oro,Trustee, Guardian and Benefactor Memberships receive two tickets for the event. Members wishing to bring additional guests and the general public may purchase tickets for 1,500 pesos online.

Ticket is required for entry so please RSVP

Open daily from 9 am to 6:00 pm (closed Mondays from April through November), Vallarta Botanical Garden is located 30 minutes south of Old Town at Km. 24 on Highway 200.

IMAGE CREDIT: Detail from the artwork installation “Los Angelitos de México.” Custom-made wallcovering, archival watercolor inks printed onto natural fabrics. Dimensions vary. David Allen Burns and Austin Young / Fallen Fruit, 2021.

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Vallarta Botanical Gardens
Ignacio L. Vallarta 399,
Local A, Colonia Emiliano Zapata,
C.P. 48380,
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
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