Joseph Beuys ‘7000 Oaks’ 1982


A now important part of Kassel’s cityscape, beginning in 1982 and with the help of volunteers, Joseph Beuys planted 7000 oaks over a number of years. As one of the leading founders of Germany’s Greenpeace he has always publicly spoken about the environment and our need for change. ‘The question of survival goes beyond the problem of human health and concerns the health of the whole planet earth.’ He speaks about 7000 oaks “I not only want to stimulate people, I want to provoke them.” the piece was intended to not deny the current system, but challenge it. Making the public think about the ways in which they live and how they could change. Beuys is a great example for my dissertation as he is a big name in social art and has made a huge impact.


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