Kompendium 38 | 2018 Eg / Oak Winter leaves from New York City
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Since eg (oak in Danish) is part of my name, I feel a certain affinity with oaks.
In Denmark there are two species, both White Oaks. In North America there are approximately 80 species.
There are two main groups of oaks: Red Oaks and White Oaks. Red Oaks are native only to North America. Red Oak wood is most suitable for interior use, while wood of White Oak can be used outdoors as well. Red and White Oaks can be distinguished by the form of their leaves. Most oaks have lobed leaves, but Red Oaks have spiked leave ends while leaves of White Oak are more rounded.
When visiting New York City in December 2017, I collected oak leaves in the streets, in many, to me, exotic forms and sizes. I have tried to identify the collected leaves on https://tree-map.nycgovparks.org/ but did not really succeed in more than put them in order: spiked or rounded, red or white.
Dia Beacon supports Joseph Beuys, 7000 Oaks, West 22nd Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, New York City. The project began 1982 at Documenta 7, Kassel. Each tree is paired with a columnar basalt stone. By now the installation at West 22nd Street consists of 37 stones with trees, not all of them oaks.
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