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Joseph Beuys Tree Partnership

2000 - 2001

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, February 8, 2020
1. Joseph Beuys Tree Partnership Marker
Inscription.  
The true capital
of the world is the human ability
for creativity,
freedom and
self-determination
in all their working places.

— Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys Tree Partnership was inspired by the German visual artist Joseph Beuys' 7000 Oaks tree planting project—a visionary program that transformed the city of Kassel, Germany, with the planting of 7000 trees between 1982-1987. A basalt stone was placed next to each tree. Joseph Beuys called his project a social sculpture: the process of collaboration between artists and citizens to create environmental art beneficial to the urban community.

In the spring of 2001, 30 oak trees and 30 granite stones were planted at UMBC. The Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park is located on Hilltop Circle, between Administration Drive and Commons Drive. Like Beuys' original project, the granite stones have been placed next to each tree as a symbolic relationship marking the passage of time. As the trees grow, the stones diminish and this landscape will change and transform into a grove of large oaks. Beuys
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By Devry Becker Jones, February 8, 2020
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saw the growing tree and weathered stone as metaphors for human activities, reminding all who pass this site to let their ideas take root, and to put their stones in motion.

This project is organized by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, UMBC in partnership with the Department of Recreation and Parks, and 21 organizations within the city of Baltimore. 212 trees and stones were planted in Carroll Park, Patterson Park, and Wyman Park Dell. Over 500 city volunteers and children assisted in the planting of trees.

This project is organized by the Center for Art, Design, Visual Culture, UMBC in partnership with the Department of Recreation and Parks and over 20 organizations within the city of Baltimore. Funding for the Joseph Beuys Tree Partnership comes from the TKF Foundation, Annapolis, MD.
 
Erected by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, UMBC in partnership with the Department of Recreation and Parks and over 20 organizations with in the city of Baltimore.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureArts, Letters, MusicEducationEnvironmentHorticulture & Forestry. A significant historical year for this entry is 1982.
 
Location. 39° 15.336′ N, 76° 42.825′ 
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W. Marker is in Catonsville, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker is on Hilltop Road 0.2 miles east of Hilltop Circle, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1073 Hilltop Road, Baltimore MD 21250, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Chemistry Building (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); George and Betsy Sherman Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Janet and Walter Sondheim Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Manual Labor School for Indigent Boys (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hilton (approx. 1.1 miles away); A Civil Rights Milestone (approx. 1.2 miles away); 6-Mile Marker on the National Road (approx. 1.4 miles away); World War II Marine Divisions Memorial (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Catonsville.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 8, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 8, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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