With Roots, We Fruit: A Public Art Installation by Suryah Studio

"With Roots, We Fruit” is a public art installation by Suryah Studio @suryahstudio inside Tree House Juicery @treehousejuiceryonline through sponsorship by The Black Arts District @officialblackartsdistrict.

“This captivating exhibit unfolds within a vibrant black-owned juice bar, where the rich symbolism of fruits in African cultures meets the exciting journey of two young black entrepreneurs. As you view through this window, our studio welcomes you to explore this world where tradition and innovation converge.”

This installation will be on view starting 10:00 am 09/22/23 at Treehouse Juicery 1821 N Charles Street and close 09/25/23 at 6:00 pm.
OVERVIEW

Discover

With Roots, We Fruit is a public art installation by Suryah Studio inside Tree House Juicery through sponsorship by The Black Arts District. This captivating exhibit unfolds within a vibrant black-owned juice bar, where the rich symbolism of fruits in African cultures meets the exciting journey of two young black entrepreneurs. As you view through this window, our studio welcomes you to explore this world where tradition and innovation converge.

 

 

Receive

Within many African cultures ceremonies, art, literature, daily rituals of life, and ancestral gratitude are full of symbols that tell fascinating stories. Both fruit and figurative representations of it symbolize life, abundance, renewal, and a connection to ancestors. This installation draws inspiration from these age-old customs, blending them with today's story of healing and triumph seen within Tree House Juicery.

 

 

Create

At the root of this exhibit, you'll find an assembled structure of HDPE - Heavy-Duty Plastic Resin crates housing a curated assortment of found domestic and industrial objects, candles, flowers, and more amongst ceramic bowls, plates, and vessels filled with a variety of fruits. Each fruit has its own special meaning. Oranges represent prosperity, mirroring the dreams of the juice bar's owners. Watermelons stand for unity, symbolizing the diversity of the community it serves. Pineapples, full of energy, reflect the enthusiasm of young entrepreneurs aiming to make a positive impact. Together, they create a visual masterpiece that mixes the past with the present.

 

 

Celebrate

The juice bar isn't just a place to grab a drink; it's a hub of empowerment. Two young black entrepreneurs are on a mission to improve their community through delicious and healthy offerings. Their journey is like the story of these fruits – one of growth, vitality, and community well-being.

 

 

Connect

This exhibit is as much a group dialogue as it is art; it's a place to come together, learn, and take pride in your roots. It's an opportunity to talk about the strength of cultural traditions and how they shape our lives today. African traditions blend seamlessly with modern black entrepreneurship, illustrating determination and hope. You're invited to use this work to reconnect with your history, fuel your dreams, and embrace unity that transcends time and generations.

 

 

Reflect

Here, you'll experience stories that bridge generations and inspire the future. The intersection of tradition and innovation shows how history and progress can coexist beautifully. As you gaze upon this work, let it remind you to celebrate your heritage, nurture your dreams, and be part of this shared story.