7000 Oaks, by Joseph Beuys

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Artist: Joseph Beuys

Title:  7000 Eichen – Stadtverwaldung statt Stadtverwaltung (7000 Oaks – City Forestation Instead of City Administration)

Year created: 1982-1987

Location: Kassel, Germany

Materials: Trees, basalt stone

What is the piece’s impact? This project led to the planting of seven thousand trees in Kassel.  The project has since been referenced in NYC, and thus it’s impact was multiplied.

How does this project relate to this change as art? This project physically changed the city in which it was installed. Every year the project continues to grow.

The planting of seven thousand oak trees is thus only a symbolic beginning. And such a symbolic beginning requires a marker, in this instance a basalt column. The intention of such a tree-planting event is to point up the transformation of all of life, of society, and of the whole ecological system.” (source)

What makes this an artistic project? Joseph Beuys was a renowned multi-media artist at the time of its creation.

Notes: For more information, please see the the text “Introduction” on the Dias Art Foundation website.

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