Beuys’ Acorns

Beuys’ Acorns – a dynamic, living installation comprising fifty-two trees grown from acorns collected from German artist Joseph Beuys’s monumental 1982 artwork 7000 Oaks – is a new commission at Bloomberg Arcade, the site of Bloomberg’s European headquarters in London.

The new commission, brought to London by Bloomberg Philanthropies, aims to challenge the relationship between humans and ecological systems in our cities and highlight the need for urgent climate action.

Originally collected as acorns by Ackroyd & Harvey in 2007, the saplings that make up Beuys’ Acorns have become a living research project on the cultural, biological and climatic significance of trees. As London faces a climate emergency, the installation at Bloomberg Arcade aims to act as a catalyst for conversation around ecology, conservation and the interdependence between humankind and the natural world.

In Beuys’ Acorns at Bloomberg Arcade, saplings up to three metres tall are raised on specially designed tripods, connected to a water bowser by a system of irrigation tubes. These are illuminated by low-energy LED lights that are precisely tuned to photosynthetic wavelengths for optimum sustainability. Developed in partnership with Exploration Architecture, Ackroyd & Harvey’s design for the Bloomberg site both literally and symbolically elevates the trees, raising questions about our relationship with plants and the living world.

Duration 17 July 2019 - 07 September 2019
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Cost Free
Venue Bloomberg Arcade
Address 1-22 Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR, ,
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