The oak trees in Spring 2013


Ackroyd and Harvey

Beuys’s Acorns: In 2007, Ackroyd & Harvey gathered and germinated hundreds of acorns from renowned artist Joseph Beuys’s seminal artwork 7000 Oaks in Kassel, Germany, and in doing so began a new long term research project.

Beuys’s Acorns·explores the agency of ideas associated with the provenance of the trees, and provokes questions as to the artists’ relationship with nature, the changing climate and collapsing economic order. Beuys had a mission. To change the social order. Mostly the money system. Ackroyd & Harvey ask what the legacy of Beuys’s mission is, given the climate of ecological and economic degradation at the beginning of the 21st century.