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04/05/2021 - 14/11/2021

Mid C20th - Installation


Beuys’ Acorns

In response to the climate emergency, artists Ackroyd & Harvey have installed Beuys’ Acorns, a group of 100 oak trees, on Tate Modern’s South Terrace

Beuys’ Acorns takes its inspiration from the artist and co-founder of the German Green party Joseph Beuys, whose centenary it is this year. From 1982 to 1987, Beuys and his helpers planted 7,000 trees alongside 7,000 basalt rocks in Kassel, Germany. Called 7000 Oaks this ‘social sculpture’, as Beuys called it, permanently altered the cityscape, connecting art to the emerging climate movement.

Beuys’ Acorns will sit directly above Beuys’s work The End of the Twentieth Century, installed in the Tanks below. Its basalt stones are derived from the same rocks used in 7000 Oaks, reuniting the two elements from Beuys’s original piece.


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