The English sculptor Andy Goldsworthy has been creating site-specific installations and land art since the 1980s, many of which involve the use of trees. This work, Hanging Trees (2007), places a series of felled trees in stone-lined cuttings, that eerily resemble graves.
If you take a walk along 42nd Street, New York, keep your eyes open between 10th and 11th Avenue, you might just notice a very special tree. There are many other trees like it, but this tree is a Beuys Tree, a posthumous piece of installation art by the late Joseph Beuys.
7000 Oak Trees: Basalt No. 1 (1982) by Joseph BeuysCAFA Art Museum
Beuys trees are marked by an accompanying basalt monolith. The project began in 1982, when Beuys, along with volunteers, planted 7000 oak trees and stones in the German city of Kassel. The project continued, becoming a kind of memorial, following the artist's death in 1986.
Sculture di linfa (2007) by Giuseppe PenoneMAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts
Elevazione (2000/2001) by Giuseppe PenoneInhotim
Penone even incorporates actual living trees into his sculptures. This work, Elevation (2001), has a large bronze sculpture of a tree surrounded by living saplings. As the decades pass, these trees will grow to incorporate the sculpture, creating an organic architectural form.
Igloo with Tree () by Mario MerzGalleria Civica di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Torino
Pot (Return home ) (2007) by Kim, Do MyoungKorean Art Museum Association
Pot (Return Home)
Korean artist Do Myoung Kim meditates on the circularity of plant and human life in his 2007 work, Pot (Return Home). Out of the soil, trees grow. Later in life, they are cut down and turned into paper. Which, over time, breaks down, becoming soil once again.
The Golden Trees The Golden Trees (2014/2014) by Michel BlazyCidade Matarazzo
Two Wrapped Trees (1969) by ChristoArt Gallery of New South Wales
Seven Roots (Martin) (2018) by Ai WeiweiOscar Niemeyer Museum
Old Pine Tree 09-1 (2009) by Lee, Gil RaeKorean Art Museum Association
Ferment (2011) by Roxy PaineThe Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art