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Trees of Heaven

 

(A Tree grows in Brooklyn); 2 plots, 70 x 100 cm, 2019, for the exhibition "Urbane Kommentare"; Packhof, Brandenburgisches Landesmuseum Frankfurt/Oder

One can finde plenty Trees-of-Heaven in Frankfurt/Oder. This tree species was brought by Jesuit Pierre Nicolas to the Botanical Garden in Paris in 1742, from there it has spread all over the world. The tree grows well on fallow land, next to highways and in cities on forgotten places and it's fought as an invasive species. Not so in China, they use it in different ways and estimate it as an oxygen supplier. The drawings are based on street-views of google-map. The title refers to a novel of Betty Smith from 1943. In this book the tree of heaven is a symbol for survivability and pioneering spirit of a poor family in Brooklyn.