Permanent Collection Rotation


Letters from Detroit


SMART Museum of Art Chicago, USA
Permanent Collection Rotation Fall 2012
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Detroit Tree of Heaven Woodshop has established its first Tree of Heaven Farm on a vacant Detroit city lot for future harvest. We planted seedlings in beds of car tires. The tires protect the young trees while they are growing but also determine their lifetime to a size when the trunks are suitable for processing. We assume this period of growth to be approx. 40 years. Within this timespan we will maintain the plantation and keep the lot free of any kind of real estate speculation or building activity.


The SMART Museum of Art in Chicago purchased this artwork for the permanent collection and will receive an annual report about the progress of the Tree Farm.


Curator: Stephanie P. Smith