Thursday, August 2, 2007

Looking for Beuys

"Beuys's project 7000 Oaks began in 1982 at Documenta 7 in Kassel, which called for the planting of seven thousand trees, each paired with a columnar basalt stone approximately four feet high above ground. The project took five years to complete, the last tree having been planted at the opening of Documenta 8 in 1987. Beuys intended the Kassel project to be the first stage in an ongoing scheme of tree planting to be extended throughout the world as part of a global mission to effect environmental and social change; locally, the action was a gesture towards urban renewal."

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