Joseph Beuys, 7000 Oaks

West 22nd Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, New York City

BEU_7000 Oaks_Shot_3_Photo Bill Jacobson

Joseph Beuys, 7000 Eichen (7000 Oaks), inaugurated at Documenta in 1982. © Joseph Beuys/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Bill Jacobson Studio, New York

Overview

Joseph Beuys’s project 7000 Eichen (7000 Oaks) began in 1982 at Documenta 7, the large international art exhibition in Kassel, Germany. His plan called for the planting of 7,000 trees—each paired with a columnar basalt stone approximately four feet high and positioned above ground—throughout the greater city of Kassel. With major support from Dia Art Foundation, the project was carried forward under the auspices of the Free International University and took five years to complete; the last tree was planted at the opening of Documenta 8 in 1987. Beuys intended for the Kassel project to be the first stage in an ongoing scheme of tree planting that would extend throughout the world as part of a global mission to spark environmental and social change. Locally, the action was a gesture toward urban renewal.

In 1988 Dia installed five basalt stone columns paired with five trees at 548 West 22nd Street, expanding 7000 Eichen (7000 Oaks) to New York City. In 1996 Dia extended the installation by planting 25 new trees, each paired with a basalt stone, on West 22nd Street from 10th to 11th Avenues. At this time, Dia also added seven stones next to preexisting trees, bringing the project’s total to 37 trees with stones. Species of trees represented include Bradford Callery Pear, Common Hackberry, Ginkgo, Japanese Pagoda, Japanese Zelkova, Littleleaf Linden, Pin Oak, Sycamore, and Thornless Honey Locust.

Due to construction on West 22nd Street, several basalt stones from 7,000 Oaks have been temporarily removed.

For the exact location of the trees, visit the New York City Street Tree Map: https://tree-map.nycgovparks.org/#treeinfo-1428039

7000 Eichen (7000 Oaks) is located outside on West 22nd Street between 10th and 11th Avenues in New York City.

Due to construction on West 22nd Street, several basalt stones from 7,000 Oaks have been temporarily removed.

Hours
Open year-round

Admission
Admission is free

Artist

Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys was born in Krefeld, Germany, in 1921. He died in Düsseldorf in 1986.

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