Paul Conneally gave each Fruit Routes walker a strip of paper with a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous essay “Nature” published in 1836.
“Nature” is a thought-provoking essay that describes Emerson’s abstract thoughts about humanity’s relationship with nature and represented the beginning of Transcendentalism, which taught that divinity is throughout all things in nature and humanity.
Participants were asked to write a response using the same parameters as apply to a tweet on Twitter on the other side of the strip. These are called Fruit Twoots, the physical Fruit Routes equivalent of a tweet and each one was hung on a tree selected by each participant. Each tree was then visited by the group and the ‘Fruit Twoot’ read and cast out into the air by its writer.
Subsequent to this event the orchard, which is adjacent to the Pilkington Library was named the Transcendental Orchard.